DeKalb County School Board members criticize controversial education bills – Decaturish

Sarah Emis, contributor

Decalb County, Georgia – Bills being considered by state legislatures will address “separating” concepts in education and promote “parental rights,” but the DeCalb County School Board questions the need for such legislation.

Dan Baskerville of the law firm Denton presented legislative information to the Board of Education at their regular meeting on 14 February. In addition to discussing the state of the county’s conversion legislation, Baskerville identified several items of interest to the council that are being considered by the Georgia Legislature.

The plan calls for a resumption of savings on quality basic education by $ 382 million and a $ 5.5 million reduction in other programs for fiscal 2021 and 2022. Bills related to mental health and counseling needs as well as students ’technology careers are also being considered.

However, controversial legislation is under consideration.

– Legislation on “separating concepts” HB 1084, SB 375 and SB 449, which prohibit the teaching of certain ideas about race

– Bills on “parental rights” HB 1158, HB 1178, SB 449, which add grievance and review processes

– Bills on Restrictions on School Materials SB 226 and HB 1217, which add additional layers of restrictions on curricula and materials used by school districts

“The theme I see in all this is the invasion of local control and local school districts,” said board member Marshall Orsan. “Without going into the details of each bill and the cultural wars that accompany it, I think it goes against the fundamental principle of how we created public education.”

Board member Dr. Joyce Morley criticized the legislation as a transparent attempt to form a political narrative in the run-up to the 2022 election.

“It simply came to our notice then [critical race theory] taught in any school. I don’t want to get involved in talking about it because it doesn’t exist, ”Morley said. “Why are bills being passed to prevent things that have never happened before? It’s political. ”

For more information on the February 14 school board meeting, click here.

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