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Emory annexation would expand Atlanta, but not the city’s school district

The Emory University campus could soon become part of the city of Atlanta. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com
The Emory University campus could soon become part of the city of Atlanta. Hyosub Shin, hshin@ajc.com

Credit: Jim Galloway

Credit: Jim Galloway

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Despite the current drought of hard facts on the matter, it is likely that the most important addition to the city of Atlanta's boundaries in three generations will be approved around Labor Day, as planned.

City attorneys will then shift to the courthouse to defend it. And the “hybrid Atlantans” that it might create.

With the annexation of Emory University, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and several other entities, Mayor Kasim Reed’s administration is attempting something unprecedented.

As planned, Atlanta’s city limits would wrap themselves around 744 new acres to the east. But city officials intend to block the Atlanta Public School system from expanding in the same fashion. The limited number of students involved in the annexation – and we’re told that number is nine – will continue to attend DeKalb County schools.

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