HB 561 - Local boards of education; education required to hold office

Georgia House of Representatives - 1995/1996 Sessions

HB 561 - Local boards of education; education required to hold office

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Code Sections - 20-2-51
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House Comm: Ed / Senate Comm: / House Vote: Yeas Nays Senate Vote: Yeas Nays ---------------------------------------- House Action Senate ---------------------------------------- 2/2/95 Read 1st Time 2/3/95 Read 2nd Time 2/22/95 Favorably Reported Am Committee Amend/Sub 2/28/95 Read 3rd Time ---------------------------------------- Tabled 2/28/95 Code Sections amended: 20-2-51
HB 561 LC 19 2292 A BILL TO BE ENTITLED AN ACT 1- 1 To amend Code Section 20-2-51 of the Official Code of 1- 2 Georgia Annotated, relating to the election of local board 1- 3 of education members, so as to require that a person 1- 4 offering for election or holding office as a member of a 1- 5 local board of education must have obtained a high school 1- 6 diploma or general education development (GED) equivalency 1- 7 diploma; to limit the effect of this requirement on current 1- 8 office holders; to repeal conflicting laws; and for other 1- 9 purposes. 1-10 BE IT ENACTED BY THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF GEORGIA: SECTION 1. 1-11 Code Section 20-2-51 of the Official Code of Georgia 1-12 Annotated, relating to the election of local board of 1-13 education members, is amended by striking said Code section 1-14 in its entirety and inserting in lieu thereof a new Code 1-15 Section 20-2-51 to read as follows: 1-16 "20-2-51. (Index) 1-17 (a) No person shall be eligible for election as a member 1-18 of a local board of education who is not a resident of the 1-19 school district in which that person seeks election and of 1-20 the election district which such person seeks to 1-21 represent. Whenever there is in a portion of any county a 1-22 local school system having a board of education of its 1-23 own, receiving its pro rata of the public school fund 1-24 directly from the State School Superintendent and having 1-25 no dealings whatever with the local board, then the 1-26 members of the board of such county shall be selected from 1-27 that portion of the county not embraced within the 1-28 territory covered by such local system. 1-29 (b) Whenever a member of a local board of education moves 1-30 that person's domicile from the district which that person 1-31 represents, such person shall cease to be a member of such 1-32 local board of education, and a vacancy shall occur. -1- (Index) LC 19 2292 2- 1 (c) No person employed by or serving on the governing body 2- 2 of a private educational institution shall be eligible to 2- 3 serve as a member of a local board of education. No 2- 4 person employed by a local board of education shall be 2- 5 eligible to serve as a member of that board of education. 2- 6 No person employed by the Department of Education or 2- 7 serving as a member of the State Board of Education shall 2- 8 be eligible to serve as a member of a local board of 2- 9 education. This subsection shall not apply to institutions 2-10 above the high school level. 2-11 (d) In all counties of this state having a population of 2-12 not less than 500,000 or more than 600,000 according to 2-13 the United States decennial census of 1990 or any future 2-14 such census, the members of the county boards of education 2-15 taking office after December 1, 1975, shall not hold any 2-16 other elective governmental office. If any member of any 2-17 such board should qualify at any time after December 1, 2-18 1975, for nomination or election to any other elective 2-19 governmental office other than for membership on such 2-20 county board, such member's position on such county board 2-21 shall thereby become vacant. Such vacancy shall be filled 2-22 as provided by the law applicable to any such county 2-23 board. 2-24 (e)(1) No person shall be eligible to offer for election 2-25 or to hold office as a member of a local board of 2-26 education unless the person has obtained a high school 2-27 diploma or a general education development (GED) 2-28 equivalency diploma. Each person offering his or her 2-29 candidacy for office as a member of a local board of 2-30 education shall file an affidavit with the officer 2-31 before whom such person has qualified to seek office 2-32 prior to or at the time of qualifying, which affidavit 2-33 shall affirm that he or she has obtained a high school 2-34 diploma or a general education development (GED) 2-35 equivalency diploma. 2-36 (2) This subsection shall not prevent any person who on 2-37 July 1, 1995, holds office as a member of a local board 2-38 of education from continuing to hold that office for the 2-39 remainder of the then current term of office." SECTION 2. 2-40 All laws and parts of laws in conflict with this Act are 2-41 repealed. -2- (Index)

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