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Gradebook podcast: Why Florida school board term limits? With Nick Tomboulides of US Term Limits

Resolutions moving through the state House and Senate would ask voters to decide if “eight is enough” for board members.
Nick Tomboulides, executive director of U.S. Term Limits, asks the Florida Senate Education Committee on April 10, 2019, to support a resolution for school board term limits. [The Florida Channel]
Published Apr. 11

Florida lawmakers face term limits. Now they’re trying to impose limits on school board members, as well.

An effort by the Constitution Revision Commission to place the idea on the 2018 ballot failed. So the Legislature is working to get the idea on the 2020 ballot, instead. It needs a three-fifths vote in both chambers to get before the voters.

If approved, the measure would require board members to leave office after completing two consecutive four-year terms. After a break, they could again seek election.

Nick Tomboulides, a Florida resident who is executive director of U.S. Term Limits, has been among the most vocal advocates for the proposal. He explains his support, along with his rebuttal of the arguments opposing the idea, in an interview with reporter Jeff Solochek.

Related: School board term limits move in Florida Senate, with some hesitation


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