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New Cities Could Form Their Own School Systems Under Proposed Law

Dunwoody legislator Tom Taylor introduced House Resolution 486 Monday afternoon.

Shortly after Gov. Nathan Deal announced his suspension of six DeKalb school board members, Dunwoody state Rep. Tom Taylor introduced House Resolution 486, which would allow newly incorporated cities to form their own local school system.

"This is an amendment to the state constitution, that would allow cities and municipalities that have incorporated after Jan. 1, 2005, to form their own independent school system," Taylor said. "Our current constitution doesn't allow that."

Dunwoody, Brookhaven, Sandy Springs, Johns Creek, Milton and Peachtree Corners all incorporated after Jan. 1, 2005. A group called the Lakeside City Alliance is also investigating the creation of a new city around the Lakeside High School area.

"I was going to make this a stand-alone bill for Dunwoody, but after seeing some support from folks in Fulton and Gwinnett, I made the bill a little broader," Taylor said. "The bill also allows you to go across county lines, so there could be a Dunwoody/Sandy Springs school system."

"If approved by legislature and voters via state constitution amendment ballot, any of the newer cities created could form a new school district either alone or in combination with a contiguous city, even if the contiguous cities are in different counties," said Dunwoody City Councilman Terry Nall.

See Also:

Gov. Deal Suspends Six DeKalb School Baord Members

State Rep. Taylor Talks About a Dunwoody School System

Judge Grants Restraining Order Against Suspension of DeKalb School Board

School Board Files Emergency Motion Motion to Stop Possible Suspension

Replay Patch's Live Coverage of the State Board of Education Hearing With the DeKalb School Board

Local Lawmaker Plans Bill for Dunwoody School System

Tom Doolittle February 28, 2013 at 02:14 PM
This would be hilarious if it wasn't so sad. How transparent an agenda is this? Just based on this article (I'll have a further look)--why does the proposed legislation restrict cities in the Lets-Make-a-City movement? If these "north Fulton/north this/north that" bullies were interested in giving cities choices in general, why not strike down the law that prohibits additional school systems from forming all over the state? Also--this is a law just like TSPLOST in that a regional (cross-county) taxing jurisdiction can be formed, in essence a regional governing body. Those are illegal in this state, but I'm sure the legislature will make case-by-case legislation to change that in every neighborhood too. When will this case-by-case, area by area, issue by issue constitutional destruction to local control stop? At this point, I'm hoping that a legal defense fund for a class action suit by county governments and school systems is generated to challenge the entire premise of the legislature's attack on home rule. It'll cost less than the pull and tug of corrective action that will keep coming up to undue the irresponsible actions of this legislature.
Tom Doolittle February 28, 2013 at 03:29 PM
"there's no place like home, no place like home, no place..." Just like that, this is worth repeating to the fearmongers every day--from one our readers on another thread that attended the Lakeside School Cluster's meeting last night: "Lakeside is pursuing other venues of accreditation... it may be possible to become accredited through the Georgia Accrediting Commission. (GAC). Secondly, it was reported that there are A LOT of groups out there that are in essence, trying to do the same thing. There is a group called "Restore DeKalb", another called "ELPC", then, "Parents for DeKalb Schools", and "Concerned Citizens for a United DeKalb... Point being--current school coalitions have the power to improve conditions and even broadcast (sell, advertise, promote) results. This group is also interested in a charter school cluster. City School Systems not needed.
Tom Doolittle March 04, 2013 at 12:59 AM
The move to GAC (see above)--each school will do this and help avoid the real (unreal) estate catastrophe--without the need for a new city school system (along with advertising all of the choice schools in their area (performing neighbiorhoods, private, charter, magnet, etc) http://us.mg205.mail.yahoo.com/dc/launch?.partner=sbc&.gx=0&.rand=04s7a2clune61 "We have mentioned the Georgia Accrediting Commission (GAC) before, but it is worth mentioning again. The accreditation concern (i.e., losing HOPE eligibility, college admissions difficulty) for high school students is easily resolved through GAC – and is affordable, as well. So affordable, that GAC accreditation could be facilitated and paid for by the individual PTAs of each interested DCSS high school. Plus GAC provides some desperately needed competition – feared by SACS."
Tom Doolittle March 04, 2013 at 03:13 PM
Still not sure why the proposed legislation is restricted to new cities? If the entire legislature thought that cities in general should have the right to form school systems or that there was something inherently wrong with only having county schools, then an appropriate constitutional amendment would correct the 40 year-old law that prohibits new school systems throughout the state, regaredless of when cities were created. Actually, I AM DAMN sure why the NorthFulton/North DeKalb legislators restrict all legislation to their areas--so they can get support from the entire legislature without them having to threaten their own constituents. This approach has resulted in a rash of state-wide constitutional amendments that effectively only pertain to small areas. Its criminal and stupid--will have gross unforseen complications that will have to be corrected time and again. You don't mess around with Mother Nature--it will biiiiiiite yuuuuuuuu.

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