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House Votes Down Res. That Could Lead To Election Of School Superintendents

A senate resolution proposing an amendment to the Georgia constitution, that would allow for election of school superintendents by voters and the election of members of local boards of education by grand juries, will most likely not be voted on by the state House during the current session.
 
2017-2018 Regular Session - SR 192
General Assembly; election of local school superintendents; local boards of education by grand juries as alternative to appointment; authorize -CA

Sponsored By
(1) Wilkinson, John 50th(2) Hufstetler, Chuck 52nd(3) Jeffares, Rick 17th
(4) Gooch, Steve 51st(5) Sims, Freddie Powell 12th(6) Parent, Elena 42nd
 
First Reader Summary
A RESOLUTION proposing an amendment to the Constitution so as to authorize the General Assembly to provide by law for election of local school superintendents by voters and election of members of local boards of education by grand juries, as an alternative to appointment of local school superintendents by local boards of education and election of local school board members by voters; to provide for the submission of this amendment for ratification or rejection; and for other purposes.
 
SR 192 was initially passed by the senate 40 to 12 ( Local senators Matt Brass (R-Newnan) and Mike Dugan (R-Carrollton) voted in favor, while Bill Heath (R-Bremen) voted against).
 
However,  The House Education Committee on Thursday voted down the plan.
 
District 69 Rep. Randy Nix (R-LaGrange) is on the House Education Committee and he voted against the resolution. D69 covers a portion of Carroll County.
 
"I'm just not comfortable with that scenario," Nix told WLBB Radio. "I think if we are going to seriously look at that there needs to be a lot more study and a lot more data as to why that would be a good thing to do."
 
Nix says his concern is that with an election for superintendent would mean the candidate would have to live in the district he would hope to serve. So, that would shrink the candidate pool, for one. Also, he says he fears the job would basically be filled via a local popularity contest.
 
"And I'm not sure why the small amount of people in a grand jury would do a better job in picking a school board than the entire county-- or the entire school district," Nix said. "I did not favor the measure and think it's better that it was voted down. It should be gone for the year as we voted 'do not pass it'.
 
Nix points out that an amended version of SR192 could return for consideration in 2018.
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Topics : EducationPolitics
Location : Carroll CountyGeorgia