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By Jennifer Emert - bio | email

October 30, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Dougherty County Schools have been forced to take a step back from their strict school mobility rules because of a new law implemented by the state.

The Care of a Grandchild act allows a grandparent to take custody of a child by the parent simply signing an affidavit. Dougherty School rules made parents go to Superior Court and give up custody to allow a grandparent to have care of a child. Thursday, the board revised their policy to comply with the state and worry what that will mean for their effort to keep students evenly dispersed.

"Mr. Griffin said he's afraid people who want to play football or sports at a particular school and the grandparents live in that district then all of a sudden their getting their grandparent to say I'm in charge of their educational decisions and get their parents to sign an affidavit so yes it does present a challenge," said DCSS Attorney Tommy Coleman.

The school district is struggling to comply with the federal mandate that requires the district to have an even distributing of black and white students and AYP rules that allow students at three of the four high schools to have school choice. Board members said they'll take some time to figure out how to enforce this policy change and what they'll consider a hardship allowing a grandparent to assume custody.

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