A group of Dunwoody parents is organizing to lobby the state Legislature on behalf of a proposal to amend the state Constitution to allow the creation of new city school systems.

Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) introduced the legislation earlier this year. It would call for a statewide vote to change the constitution to allow school districts to be created in cities, such as Dunwoody, Brookhaven and Sandy Springs, that have been set up since 2005.

The new advocacy group is named Georgians for Local Area School Systems, or GLASS, organizers Erika Harris and Allegra Johnson told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association at their Dec. 1 meeting.

GLASS will raise money and organize parents to attend legislative meetings to promote the bill, which is called HR 486, Harris and Johnson said.

“We need to have volunteers ready to go the Capitol,” Johnson said. “They need to see the support is there.”

Harris and Johnson said they hoped similar groups would organize in nearby cities. “This is not just a Dunwoody issue,” she said. “This is for the entire state.”

The two said public presentations on the legislation are planned for 9:30 a.m. Dec. 9 at Café Intermezzo in Dunwoody, and for Dec.10 in Sandy Springs and Dec. 11 in Brookhaven. Locations for the Sandy Springs and Brookhaven meetings have not yet been determined, they said.

They also plan to discuss their plans for the new lobbying group after a Dec. 15 meeting of Dunwoody Parents Concerned About Quality Education, a non-profit.

Joe Earle

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