On Monday, State Representative Mary Margaret Oliver pre-filed a piece of legislation that would allow the citizens of DeKalb to vote on the size of the Board of Education. If the bill is passed, then a referendum would be placed on the November 2011 ballot.
This legislation must:
- Be voted on positively by a majority of the DeKalb delegation.
- Be voted on positively by both the House and the Senate.
Voters will be given the choice of voting for either 5 or 7 members. Districts, as has always been done will be drawn by the DeKalb delegation. In 2012, some board members will be elected for a two year term, while others will be elected for a four year term. After that election, all terms will be 4 years.
Click here for the legislation.
The AJC has an article about this legislation today. Click here to read it.
“The Commission for School Board Excellence, a group of business leaders and legislators that drafted the state’s school ethics law, recommended school boards have no more than seven members. All boards in the metro area meet that standard except DeKalb, Clayton and Atlanta Public Schools, according to Bryant.
All three of those boards have struggled with school board governance and meeting accreditation standards. DeKalb used to have seven seats, but expanded to nine seats eight years ago.”
What do you think about school board size? Would a smaller board be better? Would we be able to attract a higher calibre candidates? What about potential superintendents? If you knew that the system was going to only have a board of 5, would that make the job more appealing to you?
What else would you like to see included in this legislation? Minimum education standards, term limits, etc.
As a blogger already posted, this is an issue that your state representatives need to hear from you about.
Go here to find out how to contact them:
Email link is on the right hand side:
Here's a link to express your opinion to Governor Perdue: