A bill to allow “new cities” and adjacent cities to start their own school systems may come to a vote in the state House of Representatives soon, perhaps this week, lawmakers told members of the Dunwoody Homeowners Association on Feb. 9

The bill, H.R. 486, passed a subcommittee and the House Education Committee on consecutive days last week, Rep. Tom Taylor (R-Dunwoody) told the DHA board.

The bill calls for a public vote to amend the state Constitution to allow cities incorporated since 2005 and adjacent cities to start their own school systems. The bill would apply to 16 cities, including Dunwoody, Sandy Springs, Brookhaven and Chamblee, supporters say.

Taylor said he planned to present the bill to the House Republican caucus this week and begin trying to assess how many votes it likely receive toward passage. The bill will require 120 votes for approval in the House, he said.

“This is a heavy lift,” Taylor told DHA board members. “It took three years to get the city of Dunwoody done.”

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