Wait till next year. That is the status of the bill to allow new cities to create independent school districts.
State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) asked Monday that the bill not be moved from the House Rules Committee to the floor after hearing from the majority whip that it didn’t have the 120 votes on the floor to pass as a constitutional amendment, a much higher bar than regular legislation.
Taylor said he was disappointed but he was pleased the measure was approved in two committees. He said he understands that much more work needs to be done with individual legislators.
The independent school district idea is wildly popular in Dunwoody because of the dysfunctional nature of the DeKalb school system that nearly cost it accreditation by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
But across the state and on metro Atlanta school boards, the idea of fragmenting large school districts or cherry-picking to carve out areas is feared. That Taylor had limited the idea to Georgia’s new cities individually or in combination, he said, hadn’t been widely understood.
“We’ll do our homework for the next year,” he said, “and bring it around again, hopefully to a much better reception.”
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