Independent School Districts

Current Status
The Georgia state House Education committee passed HR 486 to create Independent school districts for new cities by a 7-3 vote Feb. 5. 2014. State Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) asked 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.

Should we create new city school districts? 
Data shows that city school districts outperform state averages with the exception of Atlanta Public Schools.

Currently the Georgia Constitution, SECTION V, prohibits the creation of new school districts.  The most rececent attempt to modify this was put forth by the house with House Resolution 486.

 The resolution proposes that this question be put before voters:

Shall the Constitution of Georgia be amended so as to authorize any municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, and any municipality which is contiguous to a municipality created on or after January 1, 2005, irrespective of whether such municipalities may be in different counties, to establish individually or collectively by local law an independent school system

Georgia Constitution

SECTION V.

LOCAL SCHOOL SYSTEMS

Paragraph I. School systems continued; consolidation of school systems authorized; new independent school systems prohibited. Authority is granted to county and area boards of education to establish and maintain public schools within their limits. Existing county and independent school systems shall be continued, except that the General Assembly may provide by law for the consolidation of two or more county school systems, independent school systems, portions thereof, or any combination thereof into a single county or area school system under the control and management of a county or area board of education, under such terms and conditions as the General Assembly may prescribe; but no such consolidation shall become effective until approved by a majority of the qualified voters voting thereon in each separate school system proposed to be consolidated. No independent school system shall hereafter be established.