8:58 pm December 18, 2012, by Maureen Downey
Should communities be permitted to revolt against their county school systems and create their own school districts?
Legally, it would likely require a change to the state Constitution, which now forbids any new independent school systems. (I added the text of the state Constitution to a comment that I made below. Some of you are questioning the existence of city school systems such as Decatur and Dalton, but those systems predate the constitutional prohibition.)
But we may see a push for such a change in the wake of DeKalb’s problems with SACS.
Mike Davis, the mayor of Dunwoody, just wants out.
Davis said he believes nearly all Dunwoody residents want to separate from the DeKalb school system, and it’s something his city council is openly discussing. They are likely to ask state lawmakers in January for a measure — probably involving an amendment to the state constitution — that would let cities without school systems create their own.
“I think the system is too big, too corrupt,” Davis said of DeKalb. “Are we disappointed? Yes. Are we disgusted? Yes.”
–From Maureen Downey, for the AJC Get Schooled blog
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