Georgia legislature passes bill that outlines a ‘Parents Bill of Rights’ in education

Georgia senators adopted legislation that, if signed into law by Republican Governor Brian Kemp, will give parents greater direct control over what their children learn in public schools. According to Just the News, the Georgia state senate voted 31-22 in support of House Bill 1178 on Friday, the law includes a “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” which supporters claim gives parents appropriate remedies if they disagree with the curriculum provided in their local public schools. The measure received a 98-68 vote in the Georgia house of representatives on March 4.

In a summary of the bill, the Georgia legislature stated that the bill provides a “review of removal of students in elementary and secondary education, so as to provide for the protection of the fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their minor children from undue infringement by a state or local government entity, local board of education, or any officer, employee, or agent thereof.”

The organization Frontline Policy Action, which advocates for “God-honoring legislation that protects family values and advances freedom for Georgians,” shared its support for the bill on Facebook saying, “Once signed into law by the governor, this bill will codify parental rights as fundamental in Georgia law and strengthen parents’ control over their children’s education.”

The bill has passed both chambers of the Georgia legislature and Governor Kemp is expected to sign the bill into law. Kemp said, “Parents have a right to be actively involved in their child’s learning experience. This bill will ensure transparency in education by promoting a partnership between parents [and] educators.”

The bill made its way through the Georgia Legislature as comparable legislation in the neighboring state of Florida made national news and sparked protests and boycotts from left-wing activists. Similarly, in 2019, Hollywood studios and celebrities promised to boycott Georgia after Kemp signed a measure into law prohibiting abortions after the detection of a fetal heartbeat.

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