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.


Direct-support organizations (DSO) provide invaluable assistance to the students of this District and its programs. A "direct-support organization" is an organization that meets the following criteria: is approved by the School Board; is a Florida corporation not for profit, incorporated under the provisions of Chapter 617 and approved by the Department of State; and is organized and operated exclusively to receive, hold, invest, and administer property and to make expenditures to or for the benefit of public kindergarten through 12th grade education and adult career and technical and community education programs in this District.

The Board may approve agreements with direct-support organizations that meet the criteria listed above.

Direct-support organizations must submit their applications directly to the Superintendent. If the Superintendent determines that the proposed DSO meets the criteria listed above, the application shall be submitted to the Board for approval.

The use of property, facilities, and personal services of the District by the DSO is permitted, subject to provisions of Florida law and Board policies.

No District funds will be appropriated to a direct-support organization for start-up funds to begin a fund-raising program. However, the Board authorizes personnel assigned to provide staff support to a DSO the ability to participate and assist in fund-raising activities in furtherance of the DSO's goals and objectives.

Each direct-support organization shall submit an annual audit of its accounts and records no later than June 30th.

The audit shall be performed by an independent certified public accountant according to rules adopted pursuant to F.S. 11.45(8) by the Auditor General and Commissioner of Education. The audit report shall maintain the anonymity of donors to the direct-support organization.

The Commissioner of Education, the Auditor General, and the Office of Program Policy Analysis and Government Accountability may require and receive from the organization or the District auditor any records relative to the operation of the organization. The identity of donors and all information identifying donors or prospective donors are confidential and exempt from State public records law. Any other records of such direct-support organizations subject to an audit are public record.

The direct-support organization shall also submit to the Superintendent and the Board an annual budget and report indicating any change in its goal(s), programs, and activities and/or bylaws within ninety (90) days of its adoption.

F.S. 11.45(8), 119.07(1), 1001.453
F.A.C. 6A-1.0013