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The Georgia Constitution declares that “the provision of an adequate public education for
the citizens shall be a primary obligation of the State of Georgia.” 1 Providing an
adequate public education involves a partnership between the state government and local units
of government, the 180 local school districts of the state. In addition, Georgia law provides
that both the Department of Juvenile Justice and the Department of Corrections are to be
considered a “special school district” for the purpose of providing an education to school-age
youths incarcerated within facilities under their jurisdiction and for the purpose of applying
for federal funds. The Board of Juvenile Justice and the Board of Corrections serve as
governing boards of education for these school districts.2 Geor