In November, Florida residents will consider an important amendment to the state constitution that has liberals worried.
HJR 31 was enacted by the Florida Legislature last year. The joint resolution proposes an amendment to the Florida Constitution requiring that members of a district school board be elected in a partisan election.
The vote to put the matter on the ballot was largely partisan itself, with Democrats uniting to vote against the measure.
Why do they want to hide party names from voters?
They want voters to think that the current system is some ancient rule that has worked well.
District school board members have been elected in nonpartisan elections only since 2000, but were elected in partisan elections prior to that year.
The proposed change would apply only to elections on or after Nov. 3, 2026, except that earlier primaries for the purposes of nominating candidates for placement on the 2026 general election ballot are permissible. The proposed amendment will take effect on Jan. 7, 2025, if approved by 60 percent of the voters during the 2024 general election.
It is a matter of transparency, proponents argued, and they were right.
One good example of why more transparency is needed is in Duval County, where a left-wing candidate is running in a School Board district that has a majority of conservative voters.
He is a registered Democrat.
He is running at the same time as the amendment question so it would not affect his race. But his candidacy is strong evidence that the change is needed.
It has only been in recent years, as liberals began increasing their efforts to indoctrinate children in public schools, that parents have rebelled and begun to fight back. It always has been partisan, it is just that one side was not participating.
Issues in School Board races are partisan and voters deserve to know which political party candidates belong to and support.