ATLANTA (AP) – A committee of the Georgian House of Representatives on Wednesday passed a bill banning the teaching of “separation concepts” in state public schools as conservatives continue to say the state should block teachers from inciting racial divisions.
The House Education Committee voted 13-7 in favor House Bill 1084, which bans the teaching of the list of items originally listed in the now-repealed 2020 order of former President Donald Trump. He is now moving to the full house for further debate. Republicans are reacting against the critical theory of race, a term that emerged from its original meaning as a study of how social structures perpetuate white dominance, to a broader accusation of diversity initiatives and the doctrine of race.
The committee also voted 13-6 in favor Bill 1178his version of the parental rights bill, backed by Gov. Brian Kemp, after the same bill was passed by the full Senate on Tuesday.
Prohibited “separation concepts” will include claims that the United States is “fundamentally or systematically racist,” that any nation is “racist or oppressive in nature, consciously or unconsciously,” and that no one “should feel discomfort, guilt, guilt, guilt. or any other form of psychological disorder due to his or her race ”. Bills using the same language have been proposed in dozens of states with the support of the Center for Renewal of America, a think tank headed by former Trump administration officials.
The bill’s sponsor, Republican Will Wade of Dawsonville, said the goal is to get teachers to present a unifying version of American history and government.
“This is done to make us the United States of America, and we are united in addressing these issues,” Wade said.
The amendments Wade made to the bill did little to ease the concerns of opponents. MP Bi Nguyen, a Democrat from Atlanta, said she feared a “cooling effect” and said Wade’s language that teachers could not uphold “personal political beliefs” in the classroom would compress teachers in a variety of ways.
“Can an educator get into trouble if he says that slavery is wrong?” Nguyen asked. “It introduces a personal belief.”
Conservative concerns about how schools view race, sexual orientation, and other subjects have caused a Fence legislation in Georgia and other states. Other bills being considered in Georgia would allow parents to ask them to remove “inappropriate” materials from schools and ban transgender girls from playing in women’s sports teams. There is also a push to give parents more power to monitor their children’s education and to be able to scrutinize what is being taught.
The Kemp Bill of Rights largely duplicates provisions that are already in place, although MP Josh Boner, a Republican from Fayetteville who sponsors the measure in the House, said all rights should be combined in one place.
The measure says that parents have the right to view the basic materials of the class, which was the case state law since 2017, and says parents have the right to recall their students from sex education, which was the law from to 2006. It also states that parents will have access to all records relating to their child, which is federal law.
“Parents, whether real or imagined, just don’t feel they have some of the rights listed in this bill,” Boner said.
The passage came after testimony from some parents and conservative activists that the bill had not gone far enough. They especially wanted the law to provide access to any additional materials that teachers could use, not just the main points.
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