Students Lose on Amendment 8 Ballot Decision

Students Lose on Amendment 8 Ballot Decision

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Students Lose on Amendment 8 Ballot Decision Releases Statement on Amendment 8


TALLAHASSEE, Fla. (Sept. 7, 2018) – Today, the Florida Supreme Court denied the State’s appeal to keep Amendment 8 on the November ballot. The decision means Floridians will be denied the chance to decide for themselves on Amendment 8 this November.


Amendment 8’s policies aimed to create more innovation and opportunity in education by creating eight-year term limits for school board members, to bring fresh faces and ideas to education, cutting red tape to make way for student-centered public education possibilities, and prioritizing and protecting civic education, to help students become informed, engaged citizens.


Erika Donalds, mother of three school-age children, a Collier County School Board Member and the main sponsor of Amendment 8 on the Constitutional Revision Commission, released the following statement:


“Voters deserved to have a say in whether to allow the monopoly over schools to continue, but activist judges have decided otherwise.


“We saw so-called ‘progressive’ groups defending regressive education policies and obstructing progress for students at every turn. They might as well have been standing in front of schoolhouse doors, blocking families from entering. The students most impacted by this awful decision cannot write checks, organize to write misleading editorials or hire high-priced out-of-state lawyers to distort the truth in the courtroom. So I was proud and determined to speak up for them. And will continue to do so.


“The League of Women Voters and the Southern Poverty Law Center were so busy protecting a system – protecting power and control – that they lost sight of the children, and the families who desire and deserve great public school options. We know that choice, competition, and innovation are the avenues to continuous improvement for our education system. The education monopoly will not reform itself or welcome needed competition without policy changes.


“In addition to term limits and civics education, the most publicly contentious priority was to create new pathways for public schools of choice for Florida’s families. We may have lost this battle, but it was a small one within the greater mission of bringing true education freedom to every family in Florida.


“It is our goal that every child be afforded a free public education that meets his or her unique needs. I’m proud to have carried this Amendment. I am extremely disappointed that the justices made the wrong call in striking the Amendment from the ballot. I have heard from the people loud and clear. Families want this policy, and we will find a way to give it to them.”


About is a non-profit organization created to promote the passage of proposed Florida Constitutional Amendment 8. was formed and is led by Collier County School Board Member Erika Donalds, the main sponsor of the proposed Amendment on the Constitutional Revision Commission. Along with Commissioner Donalds, executive board members include Indian River County School Board Chairman Shawn Frost and Duval County School Board Member Scott Shine. To learn more, visit



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