From the Dunwoody Crier
The completion of a feasibility study for an independent school district in Dunwoody comes to a startling conclusion: Based on the current millage rate of the DeKalb County school system and the contributions of Dunwoody to the tax base, an independent school district would operate at a surplus larger than the annual budget of the city of Dunwoody.
State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) unveiled the broad outlines of the study Sunday for the board of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association but withheld actual numbers because the study hadn’t been presented to the city council, which along with the DHA helped pay for it (see his Op-Ed, below).
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Independent school system will need a lot of volunteers
by Tom Taylor
With only about 90 days until the 2014 legislative session kicks off, I am pleased to report that the feasibility study on an independent school system for Dunwoody conducted by Georgia Tech and the Georgia Public Policy Foundation is complete.
I was able to present an overview of the study’s findings at the Oct. 6 meeting of the Dunwoody Homeowners’ Association. The results, I am glad to say, were extremely favorable and indicate that an independent school system is not just viable, but would allow enough budget surpluses for a plethora of possibilities, all positive and doable within or below the current millage rate. The report will be presented to city council at a time to be determined and then later released publicly.
… As I have stated previously, getting HR 486 passed will be difficult. A constitutional amendment requires super-majorities (a 2/3 vote) in both the House and the Senate and then a statewide ballot referendum. I have good support in the legislature, but we have to turn out residents and parents to the hearings to successfully pass the referendum. The opposition will pack these hearings with paid lobbyists; we need to counter that with parents who are the actual “boots on the ground” for education reform.
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