ATLANTA (LifeSiteNews) – Georgia’s Republican Gov. Brian P. Kemp is set to sign a bill protecting the rights of parents in the state to have a say in their child’s education, including the freedom to opt their child out of sex education classes.
The Georgia Senate passed bill HB 1178, also known as the Parent’s Bill of Rights, with 31 votes to 22 on April 1, sending the legislation to the governor’s desk to be signed into law.
The state House passed the bill last month by 98 votes to 68.
The Parent’s Bill of Rights affirms that it is “a fundamental right of parents to direct the upbringing and education of their minor children,” including the “right to direct the upbringing and the moral or religious training of his or her minor child” and the ability “to review all instructional materials intended for use in the classroom of his or her minor child.”
The legislation further requires schools to establish procedures “for a parent to review records relating to his or her minor child” as well as “to learn about his or her minor child’s courses of study, including, but not limited to, parental access to instructional materials intended for use in the classroom.”
Provisions must also be made for parents to object to the use of certain materials for instruction in class and for a parent to be able to “withdraw his or her minor child from the school’s prescribed course of study in sex education.”
Kemp celebrated the passing of the bill in an April 1 tweet, supporting a parent’s right to be “actively involved” in their child’s education by increasing “transparency in education.”
I applaud the House & Senate for passing HB1178 to establish a Parents’ Bill of Rights.
Parents have a right to be actively involved in their child’s learning experience. This bill will ensure transparency in education by promoting a partnership between parents & educators. https://t.co/jWp2pnbHqC
— Governor Brian P. Kemp (@GovKemp) April 1, 2022
After the governor’s office announced the bill’s introduction in February, House sponsor Rep. Josh Bonner (R) said that since “[p]arents have the primary responsibility for educating their children,” the legislation will “provide needed transparency and access for parents as they partner with teachers to achieve the best possible outcomes.”
The success of the Parent’s Bill of Rights follows that of the “Protect Students First Act” in the Georgia Senate, which limits discussions in kindergarten through twelfth grade classrooms on nine key topics considered “divisive.”
HB 1084 passed the Senate floor with 32 votes in favor and 21 against and must now be approved by the House, after minor changes were made to the document, before being sent to Kemp to be signed into law.
The governor is expected to give his assent to the bill, having supported the removal of “divisive ideologies like critical race theory” from school curricula in his January State of the State speech.
The bill expressly forbids the promulgation of racially “divisive concepts” in schools, including critical race theory, the view that “one race is inherently superior to another race,” and that the “United States of America is fundamentally racist.”
The legislation also prohibits “race scapegoating or race stereotyping,” such as claiming that “an individual, solely by virtue of his or her race, bears individual responsibility for actions committed in the past by other individuals of the same race.”
People are also not to be made to feel “anguish, guilt, or any other form of psychological distress” on account of their racial background.
Georgia Senate president pro tempore Butch Miller said that schools “can teach U.S. history, the good, the bad and the ugly, without dividing children along racial lines,” adding that “[we] must teach patriotism and that America is good. Though not perfect, America is good.”
Meanwhile, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis signed the “Parental Rights in Education Bill” last month, protecting young children from LGBT indoctrination between kindergarten and third grade in Florida schools.
SIGN, THANK and STAND with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who is being attacked by Disney for signing a new law which prohibits sexual indoctrination of schoolchildren from Kindergarten to 3rd Grade. *Anyone - no matter where you reside - can sign this petition!
For protecting the innocence of his state's youngest schoolchildren and standing up to the bullies in the LGBT lobby, Governor Ron DeSantis has predictably been on the receiving end of sustained attacks from LGBT activists and their numerous allies in the leftist mainstream media.
And now, the Disney Corporation - one of Florida's biggest employers - has decided to interfere in politics and pick a fight with DeSantis over the new law.
BUT, Florida parents, and parents across the country, are overjoyed that a governor is finally taking seriously their concerns about the early sexualization of our nation's children!
SIGN, THANK, and STAND with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis with this petition which will be delivered to Governor DeSantis' office and CC'ed to Disney, and which tells the Governor that we thank him for, and will stand with him in, protecting our schoolchildren from LGBT indoctrination.
This common sense legislation, known as the Parental Rights in Education Act, prohibits instruction pertaining to sexual orientation, "gender identity" and transgenderism in Kindergarten through 3rd Grade classrooms across the state of Florida.
And, the new law also puts stronger limits on such discussions for older children, frustrating a primary tenet of the radical left's plan to encroach upon impressionable young minds.
Media talking heads and political opponents, ranging from radical LGBT activist groups to morally corrupt corporations like Disney, dubbed HB 1557 the "Don't Say Gay" Bill.
But, the truth is that such sensitive, personal subjects are not the job of schools to cover, but the job of parents alone, who, under the bill, would be allowed to take legal action against school districts that violate its provisions.
By their hateful reaction to the bill (now law) and to Governor DeSantis, one can only assume that Disney actually despises parents and their role as the primary educator of their children, especially in, but not limited to, areas of sexual conduct and morals.
Indeed, the extreme volume of manufactured outrage on this particular piece of legislation reveals the following significant nugget of information: one of the seminal means the LGBT "community" counts on to continue attracting people into their ranks, or as so-called "allies," is by brainwashing little, unsuspecting children without their, or their parents', consent.
We know it, and they know it. And, finally, someone is doing something about it.
SIGN, THANK and STAND with Florida Governor Ron DeSantis who is being attacked by Disney for signing a new law which prohibits sexual indoctrination of schoolchildren from Kindergarten to 3rd Grade.
Children's innocence is worth it and Disney, and its chairman Bob Chapek, should be ashamed of themselves for threatening to interfere in state politics because they are offended that children's minds will no longer be violated.
We must encourage people like Governor DeSantis and the Florida Legislature not to be blackmailed and not to be afraid...
If Disney wants to escalate things, then conservative and Christian parents might be finally persuaded not to visit Disneyland and Disney World, nor buy Disney products, nor watch Disney films.
Conservatives and Christians, and right-thinking people from all walks of life, need to start playing hardball with the likes of Disney.
We saw what happens when parents show their power in Virginia last year, so any further action on this matter by Florida Democrats and their allies in Disney’s executive leadership will be at their own peril.
Please SIGN and SHARE this petition to THANK and STAND WITH Governor Ron DeSantis for protecting children from LGBT propaganda, and from Disney's bullying, slurs and legal threats.
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“I don’t care what corporate media outlets say, I don’t care what Hollywood says, I don’t care what big corporations say, here I stand,” the governor said. “I’m not backing down.”