“Today we are here…to sign legislation that puts our children at the fore of the party agenda and restores parents responsibility for their children’s education,” Kemp told a news conference.
Among the bills signed on Thursday was HB 1084,
Known as the Student Protection First Act. The law defines “divisive notions” as, among other things, those that teach “the United States of America is fundamentally racist; the individual, by virtue of his race, is inherently or consciously racist or oppressive toward members of other races,” and “the individual, Only by virtue of his race does he bear individual responsibility for acts committed in the past by other members of the same race.”
The law is part of a broader movement by conservative lawmakers across the country to limiting how race is taught and discussed in schools,
With proponents of such measures arguing that the ban is intended to ensure that parents have a final say in their children’s education.
On Thursday, critics blasted Kemp, with the Georgia Civil Liberties Union saying parents in the state want to teach their children a rigorous curriculum.
“Whether you are white, black, Hispanic or Asian – most parents want their children to learn history the way they learn mathematics – as accurately as possible,” Andrea Young, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.
Kemp also signed HB 1178, better known as the “Parental Rights Act,” which provides greater transparency to parents and legal guardians regarding what their students study, and SB 226, which bans literature or books considered offensive in nature from school libraries.
“Unfortunately, there are those outside our state and other members of the General Assembly who have chosen partisan politics over common sense reforms for our students and parents,” the governor said Thursday.
HB 1084 also establishes a state sports executive oversight committee with founding authority Banning transgender women from participating in sports teams
consistent with their gender in state high schools.
The debate over the inclusion of transgender athletes, especially women and girls, has become a political flashpoint, especially among conservatives. But Georgia law is notable because it does not establish a complete ban, like Other laws in Republican states across the country.
However, critics have criticized the clause for addressing what they say is not an issue in the state.
Catherine Oakley, state legislative director and senior advisor for Human Rights Campaign Rights, said in a statement statment
advance this month.
“Self-serving politicians who serve a large section of their party base are showing that they are willing to hurt vulnerable children who just want to play with their friends,” she added.