The School Board of Miami-Dade County
Bylaws & Policies
Unless a specific policy has been amended and the date the policy was revised is noted at the bottom of that policy, the Bylaws and Policies of the Miami-Dade County Public Schools were adopted on May 11, 2011 and were in effect beginning July 1, 2011.


The Superintendent, as secretary and executive officer of the School Board, shall be responsible for the administration and management of the District's schools and for the supervision of instruction.

The Superintendent shall enforce the rules of the State Board of Education, rules of the Florida Department of Education, and the policies of this Board.

The Superintendent shall provide educational direction for the instructional staff and supervision for the support staff.

Florida law grants to the Superintendent the following powers:

 A.exercise general oversight over the District to determine problems and needs, and recommend improvements.

 B.advise and counsel with the Board on all educational matters and make recommendations to the Board for action regarding such matters as should be acted upon.

 C.recommend to the Board policies necessary for more efficient operation of the District.

 D.prepare and submit to the Board policies to supplement those rules adopted by the State Board of Education that will contribute to the efficient operation of the District, and, upon adoption by the Board, require compliance with these policies.

 E.from time-to-time prepare, organize, and submit to the Board necessary minimum standards for District operations to supplement standards of the State Board of Education and upon adoption by the Board, require that these standards are observed.

 F.perform duties and exercise responsibilities that are assigned to the Superintendent by law and rules of the State Board of Education.

The Superintendent shall perform the duties and responsibilities in Florida law, including, but not limited to, the following:

 A.require all instructional staff members and school administrators to participate in training on the District's standards of ethical conduct and the related policies and procedures upon employment and annually thereafter;

 B.make recommendations, nominations, proposals, and reports required by law to be acted upon by the Board;

 C.keep the Board informed of District operations by preparing Board agendas, providing oral and written communication, scheduling management meetings, and requesting special Board meetings that become necessary to keep the Board properly informed;

 D.require that all aspects of District operations comply with State laws and regulations as well as Board contracts and policies;

 E.require that all laws, rules of the State Board of Education, and Board policies are followed;

 F.prepare and submit the annual budget to the Board for adoption and direct all expenditures within the appropriations adopted by the Board; the work of all personnel according to Florida, Federal law, and Board policies;

 H.recommend measures to the Board so that adequate educational facilities are available throughout the District;

 I.prepare reports to the Board and inform the public on the conditions and needs of the schools;

 J.assign staff to their respective teaching duties; cooperatively with parents and community groups concerned with programs in the schools;

 L.participate in conferences and courses of continuing professional education;

 M.authorize administrators to enter into agreements with consultants;

 N.delegate authority to staff in any matters when it becomes expedient to do so, and assume full responsibility for the execution and satisfactory completion of the delegated activities;

 O.recommend to the Board an annual plan for instructional programs; and

 P.authorize changes or exceptions as necessary for implementing the instructional program.

Pursuant to Florida law, the Superintendent shall not knowingly sign and transmit to any State official a report that the Superintendent knows to be false or incorrect. Furthermore, the Superintendent shall investigate any allegation of misconduct by instructional staff members or school administrators, as defined in F.S. 1012.01, which affects the health, safety, or welfare of a student, and shall report the alleged misconduct to the Department as required by Florida law and Policy 8141.

F.S. 1001.49, 1001.51