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 purpose of the Diversity, Equity and Excellence Advisory Committee ("DEEAC") is to review issues and make recommendations to the School Board and Superintendent with the goal of eliminating disparities and educational barriers and continue progressing toward racial parity and diversity. The core purpose and objective of the DEEAC is to assist the District with creating and maintaining a multicultural school system.

Pursuant to the United States District Court order, issued by Judge William Dimitrouleas issued on June 21, 2001, and modified on August 16, 2001, which declared the District unitary, the Diversity Equity and Excellence Advisory Committee was established.

Nationally known experts consulted by the Board during the desegregation process concluded that disparities remained in Black, White, and Hispanic student participation in the areas of special education, advanced academics, and in the frequency these students encountered educational barriers such as suspension, expulsion, and retention.


 A.The DEEACís responsibilities include reviewing and making recommendations regarding the:

  1.implementation of Board rules which relate to the Districtís unitary status and diversity;

  2.student enrollment;

  3.attendance boundary zones;

  4.regional administrative centers;

  5.recruitment and diversity of personnel;

  6.transportation of students;

  7.selection of school sites;

  8.equitable distribution of educational resources and services;

  9.annual District diversity compliance reports; and

  10.other matters as may be assigned by Board and/or the Superintendent.

 B.DEEAC reviews and recommendations shall be reported on an annual basis to the Board by November 30th of each school year. This annual report shall assess the implementation of Board policies to ensure that the District maintains its commitment to provide a high-quality education to all students --a commitment that was made to the Court and the community upon receiving unitary status.

 C.DEEAC members shall also:

  1.facilitate and/or attend public meetings and Board conference sessions and meetings related to DEEACís purpose; and

  2.serve on other District advisory committees to represent DEEACís purpose.


 A.Membership shall be comprised of eleven members, one to be appointed by each Board member and two (2) to be appointed by the Superintendent, consistent with the requirements of Policy 9140, Citizens' Advisory Committees. Each Board member and the Superintendent shall also appoint alternate members. A member shall be automatically removed if the member is absent from three (3) consecutive meetings during the calendar year or is absent from more than half of all committee meetings held during the year.

 B.The term of service for each member shall be four (4) years and/or shall run concurrently with the term of service of the respective Board member or Superintendent. Member may be reappointed when their term is concluded.

 C.If a vacancy occurs, the alternate shall serve unless and until the respective Board member or Superintendent appoints a new member to the committee which may be the alternate.

 D.Newly elected or appointed Board members and/or Superintendent shall have the discretion to reappoint the former Board memberís or Superintendentís appointee or to appoint a new member. An incumbent member may remain on the DEEAC until a new member is appointed.

 E.The Miami-Dade County Council of PTAs/PTSAs may appoint a member and an alternate.

 F.The DEEAC shall elect a chair and vice-chair. The term of office is two (2) years.


 A.The DEEAC shall meet at least six (6) times throughout the school year and shall meet all of the requirements of the Sunshine and Public Records laws, F.S. Chapter 119 and 286.011.

 B.Meeting dates and times shall be determined by the DEEAC at the first meeting of every school year.

 C.Six (6) members shall constitute a quorum for the DEEAC to conduct business.

 D.The DEEAC shall conduct its meetings pursuant to Robertís Rules of Parliamentary Procedure.

 E.District staff, as assigned by the Superintendent, shall provide administrative support to the DEEAC, including arranging and scheduling meetings per DEEAC direction, publishing meeting notices, establishing the agenda in collaboration with the chair, keeping the minutes, and gathering relevant documentation for distribution to members.

F.S. 1001.41(1)(2), 1001.42(26), 1001.43(10)
Pate v. The School Board of Miami-Dade County, Florida, Case No. 69-1020-CIV-Dimitrouleas, Order of June 21, 2001 as modified by order of August 16, 2001.

Revised 4/18/12
Revised 4/13/16

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