Gov. Kemp to sign controversial education laws in Forsyth County

Justine Lookenott

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Gov. Brian Kemp at the Alliance Academy for Innovation in January 2022(Image by Gov. Brian Kemp Facebook Page)

(Forsyth County, GA) Governor Brian Kemp will be signing controversial educational bills into law in Forsyth County on Wednesday, April 28 at the Forsyth County Arts and Learning Center.

According to the media advisory, the governor will be signing the following bills:

  • H.B. 1178, or the “Parents’ Bill of Rights”
  • H.B. 1084, which “prevents divisive concepts and ideologies from invading the classroom”
  • S.B. 226, which “removes obscene materials from school libraries”
  • S.B. 588, which “ensures school board meetings are transparent”
  • H.B. 517, which “fulfills a campaign promise to double the cap on student scholarship organization donations, including the Greater Opportunities for Access to Learning (GOAL) scholarships”
  • S.B. 220, which “creates a commission on Civics Education to explore ways in which we can better serve students and ensure financial literacy is taught in schools”
  • H.B. 385, which “allows retired teachers to return to the classroom fulltime in high-need areas”
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The Forsyth County Board of Education meeting on April 19(Image by John Thompson)

The bills come after a long stretch of heated debates at the Forsyth County Board of Education meetings where parents objected to what they viewed as inappropriate content in some of the books and educational materials. Similar debates have been taking place nationwide.

The School Board banned eight books earlier this year. The Forsyth County Georgia Democrats have been active in fighting the book ban. In response to the education bills being signed here, the organization is holding a sign waving counter rally at the signing event.

The governor will be signing the bills at 8:30 a.m. First Lady Marty Kemp, members of the General Assembly, state and local elected officials and education leaders will also be at the event.

If you have a news tip in Forsyth County, contact Justine Lookenott at justine.lookenott@newsbreak.com.

For more information on the controversial education bills, read “Two controversial education bills just passed in the Georgia General Assembly are hitting home in Forsyth County

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I cover local news in Forsyth County, GA. My debut into the writing world began at the age of 10 when I won an essay contest in Around Acworth Magazine in which I wrote about spending the summer with my pet goat, Eclair. Since graduating from Kennesaw State University, I have been published in several newspapers and magazines in the Atlanta area including The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the Atlanta School Guide, What Now Atlanta, Newcomer Magazine, the Marietta Daily Journal and the Cherokee Tribune.

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