Florida is home to the most “consolidated” system of of education governance in the country, according to a new report from the Thomas B. Fordham Institute.
The report’s authors base this conclusion on the fact that Florida places much of its state decision-making authority in the Board of Education, and local power rests in the hands of a few, relatively large school districts.
The state’s laws and constitution don’t contemplate the creation of something like an Achievement School District or a Recovery School District — the kind of institution that might run or oversee some schools outside the purview of a traditionally defined district.
The Fordham report looks at the institutions that oversee the education systems in each state. It then tries to gauge whether they place more power at the state or local level, how much public participation they invite (based on factors like the extent to which people have a chance to elect education officials), and whether decision-making authority is concentrated in relatively few hands. Continue Reading →