DeKalb Schools challenging Emory annexation

3:09 p.m Monday, Dec. 18, 2017 Education
March 29, 2016 DeKalb County: Dr. Stephen Green, superintendent of the DeKalb County School District, holds a town-hall style meeting with parents at Fernbank Elementary School on Tuesday evening March 29, 2016. Ben Gray / bgray@ajc.com

The DeKalb County School District is fighting back against Atlanta’s recent annexation, calling the move “an enormous transfer of wealth from the children of DeKalb to an already wealthy school system.” 

The 744-acre east-side annexation, which incorporates Emory University, the Centers for Disease Control and Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta, changes school district boundaries for nine public school students, and about $2.3 million in tax dollars currently received by DeKalb would go to Atlanta Public Schools. It is the largest annexation since Buckhead was annexed 65 years ago. 

Green said the district initially backed the annexation because there supposedly was no impact on the school district. 

District officials said Monday that Superintendent Steve Green sent a note to officials in the city of Atlanta, as well as Atlanta Public Schools Superintendent Meria Carstarphen, asking they reconsider the move in its current form. 

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