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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.

"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

"E Pluribus Unum" February 27, 2013 at 11:38 AM
Brookhaven...let's keep our powder dry on this one. We already have too many fish frying in the pan with our first steps of city hood.
Abelino Nortegas April 12, 2013 at 03:55 PM
Tens of thousands Brookhaven citizen hinge on every pearl of wisdom you share, EPU. Have you ever been correct? Not to my recollection. This initiative has a tough road ahead, but had DeKalb and Fulton not FUBAR'ed education, we would not be discussing the issue.
Abelino Nortegas April 12, 2013 at 03:56 PM
Oops, should be "cringe" on every pearl ...LOL
Rob April 12, 2013 at 06:46 PM
Dunwoody school system? Really? Can I remind Mr. Taylor about the leak investigation $100,000+, Chattcomm debacle, Brook Run Dump fiasco, Sneiderman bungle..shall I go on? This town need to review and revise, not invent more things to screw up.. Dunwoody is the laighing stock of North Atlanta :(
Abelino Nortegas April 13, 2013 at 11:50 AM
Which is why major corporations and small businesses alike continue to move INTO Dunwoody, five years after incorporation. Sorry things did not go your way, Rob, but the only thing people on Patch laugh about is the silliness of some of it's contributors.
Rob April 13, 2013 at 06:28 PM
We need to have a reference guide since the Patch is so infected, Example: Abelino= Troll 41, etc..... So many names, such little class!
Mark Mieword April 14, 2013 at 07:14 PM
Rob, seems like the comments made by Mr. Nortegas make good, positive points, while many of your remarks are downright vile. If you seek a guide, Rob, ask yourself who really cares what valuable thoughts your walnut-sized brain-pan is capable of forming. Then, ask who could possibly find anything you say even remotely interesting?

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