CRC - 2017                                   COMMITTEE AMENDMENT
       Proposal No. PCP 6003
                              LEGISLATIVE ACTION                        
                    Senate             .             House              
                  Comm: FAV            .                                
                  04/05/2018           .                                

       The Committee on Style and Drafting (Jordan) recommended the
    1         CRC Amendment (with title amendment)
    3         Delete everything after the proposal clause
    4  and insert:
    5         Section 4 of Article IX of the State Constitution is
    6  amended, and a new section is added to that article, to read:
    7                             ARTICLE IX                            
    8                              EDUCATION                            
    9         SECTION 4. School districts; school boards.—
   10         (a) Each county shall constitute a school district;
   11  provided, two or more contiguous counties, upon vote of the
   12  electors of each county pursuant to law, may be combined into
   13  one school district. In each school district there shall be a
   14  school board composed of five or more members chosen by vote of
   15  the electors in a nonpartisan election for appropriately
   16  staggered terms of four years, as provided by law.
   17         (b) A person may not appear on the ballot for re-election
   18  to the office of school board if, by the end of the current term
   19  of office, the person would have served, or but for resignation
   20  would have served, in that office for eight consecutive years.
   21         (c)(b) The school board shall operate, control, and
   22  supervise all free public schools established by the district
   23  school board within the school district and determine the rate
   24  of school district taxes within the limits prescribed herein.
   25  Two or more school districts may operate and finance joint
   26  educational programs.
   27         Civic literacy.—As education is essential to the
   28  preservation of the rights and liberties of the people, the
   29  legislature shall provide by law for the promotion of civic
   30  literacy in order to ensure that students enrolled in public
   31  education understand and are prepared to exercise their rights
   32  and responsibilities as citizens of a constitutional republic.
   34         A new section is added to Article XII of the State
   35  Constitution to read:
   36                             ARTICLE XII                           
   37                              SCHEDULE                             
   38         Limitation on terms of office for members of a district
   39  school board.-This section and the amendment to Section 4 of
   40  Article IX imposing term limits for the terms of office for
   41  members of a district school board shall take effect on the date
   42  it is approved by the electorate, but no service in a term of
   43  office which commenced prior to November 6, 2018, will be
   44  counted against the limitation imposed by this amendment.
   46  BE IT FURTHER PROPOSED that the following statement be placed on
   47  the ballot:
   50  Creates a term limit of eight consecutive years for school board
   51  members and requires the legislature to provide for the
   52  promotion of civic literacy in public schools. Currently,
   53  district school boards have a constitutional duty to operate,
   54  control, and supervise all public schools. The amendment
   55  maintains a school board’s duties to public schools it
   56  establishes, but permits the state to operate, control, and
   57  supervise public schools not established by the school board.
   59  ================= T I T L E  A M E N D M E N T ================
   60  And the title is amended as follows:
   61         Delete everything before the proposal clause
   62  and insert:
   63                             REVISION 3                            
   65         A proposal to amend Section 4 of Article IX and create
   66         a new section in Article XII of the State Constitution
   67         to establish a limitation on the period for which a
   68         person may be elected as a member of a district school
   69         board and to specify which schools are operated,
   70         controlled, and supervised by a school board and to
   71         create a new section in Article IX of the State
   72         Constitution to require the Legislature to provide for
   73         the promotion of civic literacy in public education.