By James P. Kelly and Benjamin Scafidi
Unless and until the Georgia Constitution is amended, the era of direct or indirect state control over public K-12 education is over.
For decades, the state has invested billions of dollars in local public schools. In doing so, the state assumed that the State Board of Education and local public school boards were partners under the Georgia Constitution for providing the adequate public education to citizens required under the Constitution. To render that partnership an effective one, through the years, the legislature has enacted laws, and the state school board has promulgated rulings and regulations, that mandated certain programs and policies at the local school district level.
Along the way, the legislature passed…