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As turmoil continues for DeKalb County schools, a state lawmaker from Dunwoody is pushing for a change in the state constitution.

State Rep. Tom Taylor says Dunwoody and other recently-created cities should be allowed to take the next step and establish their own independent school districts.

Dunwoody and other north metro communities may now incorporate as municipalities, but their public schools remain part of county school systems.

"We've got 99,000 kids in DeKalb County that are being ill-served by a school board that is failing," said Taylor.

As Gov. Nathan Deal takes steps to remove DeKalb County School Board members, Taylor says the time is right for a proposed constitutional amendment that would allow Dunwoody to leave the DeKalb school district and run its own schools.

"At the end of the day I think the smaller local system is better served for the people in my community," Taylor said.

Taylor acknowledges he faces a difficult battle to win legislative approval and put the measure before voters.

State Rep. Billy Mitchell (D-Stone Mountain) argues that while the proposal would certainly diminish the DeKalb school district, it also might not help Dunwoody.

"I believe for us to have an robust school system,  a robust education school system  -- even in Dunwoody -- we have to take advantage of the economy of scale as it would be a partnership throughout the entire county what that would bring to us," Mitchell said.

Taylor introduced House Resolution 486 just after the governor finished his news conference on Monday about the DeKalb County School Board.

The proposed amendment would apply to Georgia cities created in 2005 or after.

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