By Dick Williams For The Crier [reposting in part]
A response to a reporter’s question last week at a Buckhead luncheon by the chief executive of SACS/AdvancED, the school accrediting agency, set off angry comments in Dunwoody.
Dr. Mark Elgart, asked his opinion of the creation of an independent school system in Dunwoody and other new cities said the 181 school systems in Georgia are “far too many.”
Instead he urged consolidation of smaller systems.
“With all due respect,” said state Sen. Fran Millar (R-Dunwoody), the problem isn’t the number of school systems. It is the outcomes of the systems we have. We need to consolidate weaker systems and create smaller, more effective operating entities.”
Elgart’s comment came just days after state Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) released the outlines of a feasibility study for an independent school system in Dunwoody. It showed a school system that would have a surplus of more than $20 million, allowing tax rollbacks, smaller class sizes, more teachers and more specialty courses.
Millar and Taylor pointed out that Elgart surely knows the deficiencies of the DeKalb system since it was his agency that placed the DeKalb County schools on probation, an action that led to the removal of the school board by Gov. Nathan Deal.
The Georgia Supreme Court is expected to rule soon on a suit by an ousted school board member challenging the constitutionality of the law used to remove him. …..
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