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Georgia Gov. Signs Bills to Ban Wokeness from Schools


Georgia Gov. Brian Kemp on Thursday signed seven education bills into law taking aim at wokeness in schools. 

The bills included the “Georgia’s Parents’ Bill of Rights,” which “provides greater transparency to parents and legal guardians regarding what their student is being taught in school and protects the fundamental right of moms and dads across this state to direct the education of their child,” according to a press release per the Daily Caller

Another bill, the “Protect Students First Act” prohibits “divisive concepts” like the belief that one race is superior to another or that “by virtue of his or her race, is inherently or consciously racist or oppressive toward individuals of other races.” 

Additionally, the law allows the state athletic association to pass a law prohibiting transgender athletes from competing in female sports. 

“As the parents of three daughters, Marty and I want every young girl in this state to have every opportunity to succeed in the sport they love,” Kemp said in a statement. “This should not be controversial.” 

Other signed bills will require obscene materials be removed from school libraries, ensure transparency at school board meetings, double the current donation cap for student scholarships, create a committee that will look at ways to ensure student financial literacy and allow retired teachers to return to the classroom full-time in areas with high demand.

“Unfortunately, there are those outside our state, and other members in the General Assembly, who chose partisan politics over common sense reforms to put our students and our parents first,” Kemp said. “But standing up for the God-given potential of each and every child in our schools and protecting the teaching of freedom, liberty, opportunity, and the American dream in the classroom should not be controversial.”

“Making sure parents have the ultimate say in their child’s education should not be controversial,” he added.

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