Georgia Senate passes bill that would limit discussions of race in classrooms

House Bill 1084, known as the Protect Students First Act, passed the state Senate on Friday in a 32-21 vote, according to the Senate press director , Andrew Allison. The bill now heads to the House for final approval before it can be moved to Republican Gov. Brian Kemp’s office for signing into law. A version of the measure was first passed by the State House last month.
The legislation “would prohibit schools and local school systems from advocating divisive concepts and ensure that education and training programs encourage students and employees to practice tolerance and respect and not to judge others based on of their race,” the Georgia Senate said in a tweet Friday.

The provision “would require local school boards, local school superintendents and charter school governing bodies to prohibit” such discrimination, according to the bill. It would also prohibit the discussion of certain concepts such as “one race is inherently superior to another race” or “the United States of America is fundamentally racist”.

A similar bill, Senate Bill 377, passed the state Senate last month and has been sent to the state House for consideration. It would ban the teaching of certain race and ethnicity-related concepts in Georgian schools and state agencies, with the text of the legislation defining nine “divisive concepts” that would not be allowed to be taught s they became law. Among them are ideas that one race or ethnicity is inherently superior to another; the concept that the United States and Georgia are “fundamentally or systematically racist”; and the practice of teachers making students feel belittled or guilty because of their race, color or ethnicity.
Georgia is among a number of states with Republican-controlled legislatures that have sought to legislate what can be taught in schools.
Mississippi Governor Tate Reeves signed into law a bill last month described as a ban on critical race theory, joining more than a dozen states in passing such a law.


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