Working together for quality public education.


The Dunwoody City Council set the quality of education in Dunwoody as a legislative priority in Fall 2012.

ž”Explore potential legislative solutions to enhance and improve K-12 educational opportunities in Dunwoody, which may include a constitutional amendment to allow for the creation of a separate school district.”
Possible actions include:
  • žInitial support needed for HR 486
  • Feasibility study of representative new school district (Completion deadline October 2013)
  • Impact study on effect to underlying county school district (Completion deadline October 2013)
  • Feasibility and impact study providers recognized by the Georgia General Assembly include the Carl Vinson Institute at UGA and Georgia State University
  • žCost of Studies – awaiting estimates to discuss with individual City Council members for funding support


2013-2014 Regular Session – HR 486

Establish Independent School Systems

State House Representative Tom Taylor, District 79 (Dunwoody) has placed into motion new legislation providing local control for Dunwoody’s public schools.

…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…

If approved by legislature and voters via state constitution amendment ballot, any of the newer cities created could form a new school district either alone or in combination with a contiguous city, even if the contiguous cities are in different counties.

For more information about Representative Taylor or to contact him, click here. 


2013-2014 Regular Session – HB 123

Parent and Teacher Empowerment Act:  A BILL to be entitled an Act to amend Chapter 2 of Title 20 of the Official Code of Georgia Annotated, relating to elementary and secondary education, so as to enact the “Parent and Teacher Empowerment Act”; to provide for petitions to convert existing schools to charter schools or to impose turnaround models; to provide for definitions; to allow for petitions by parents or teachers; to provide for turnaround models; to provide for notice to the State Board of Education; to provide for local board approval; to provide for applicability; to provide for rules and regulations; to provide for related matters; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other purposes.




Steering Committee

Claire Botsch
Deb Cameron
Gil Hearn
Allegra Johnson
Rick Otness
Heyward Wescott
Robert Wittenstein

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