The Florida Association of District School Superintendents is the professional organization
comprised of Florida’s 67 public school superintendents. As constitutional officers, Florida
superintendents have a responsibility to meet the educational needs of a diverse and growing
population of over 2.8 million students enrolled in Florida’s public schools.
Florida superintendents support a high-quality public education system that graduates students
prepared for careers and postsecondary education. High-quality public schools are critical to
Florida’s economic growth and prosperity. In most Florida counties, the school district is the single
largest employer – thus economic and fiscal impacts felt by the school district can have a ripple effect
throughout the state.
Last year, the 2017 legislative session redefined public education both fiscally and programmatically.
Successfully administering a multi-million dollar program with fidelity and effective long-range
planning for the future cannot occur when education funding and policy changes annually. The
current funding system is not stable or equitable.
Equity among delivery systems and accountability to the taxpayer must be paramount. However,
Florida’s current public education system is not seamless or efficient for students, their parents, or
the taxpayer. As a result, students may fall short of reaching their highest potential, obtaining
workforce skills or receiving quality educational services. These recommendations are made to bring
stability and transparency into all public education programs.