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Proposed Law Would Give Sandy Springs and Sister Cities Its Own School System

On Monday, legislator Tom Taylor introduced House Resolution 486 which would allow newly incorporated cities, including Sandy Springs to form their own local school system.

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, including Sandy Springs 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.

"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.

Tell is in the comments if you agree with this measure?

jMichael February 27, 2013 at 03:05 PM
HR486 provides that: "Authority is granted to county and area 12 boards of education to establish and maintain public schools within their limits..." Here's the question: Does "maintain" designate local board members as the only authorized agents for management of said schools? ...or does it encompass the authority to yield management of said schools to a private, even out-of-state, corporation?
Jan R February 27, 2013 at 05:08 PM
Don't like it - will raise our taxes
Anthony Poselenzny March 02, 2013 at 01:13 PM
Does this mean we will be adding duplicative overhead and increasing our taxes? If so, I am against this move!


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