All students deserve excellent and equitable education opportunities. From school buildings to state capitols, IDRA has been busy at work with Georgian families, students and education leaders to advocate smart, fair and effective policies for the state of Georgia.
IDRA supports families, communities, and students – particularly students from families with limited incomes, students of color, English learners, and others – who demand access to great, well-funded schools. We advocate sustainable policies that accurately identify the cost of education for all students and fund all schools fairly.
General Assembly Wrap Up – Community Voices were Strong
IDRA’s Georgia Policy Priority Recommendations for this session (En Español).
Learn more about IDRA’s policy recommendations for Georgia.
- Fair Funding for Excellent Schools in Georgia
- Creating Safe and Welcoming Pathways for All Students in Georgia
- Keeping the Public in Public Education in Georgia
- Excellent Education for Emergent Bilingual Students in Georgia
- College Preparation and Access that Expands Opportunities in Georgia
- Grow and Sustain School District Health in Georgia
Georgia Education Policy Updates 2023
A Black Student-Centered Policy Agenda, IDRA 2023
See What Does Georgia’s House Bill 1084 Do?, our one-pager with a breakdown of the law and its components
• Policy Comments and Testimony in 2023
Transgender and Gender Non-Binary Students Deserve Safe & Sustaining School Environments – IDRA Testimony against Senate Bill 88, submitted by Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed., to the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee, August 23, 2023
Protect Crucial Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Educator Preparation to Ensure Georgia Classrooms Are Safe and Inclusive for All Students – IDRA Testimony submitted by Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed., to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, July 13, 2023
IDRA Testimony Against the Removal of DEI Standards from Teacher Certification Standards – Submitted by Jonathan Peraza Campos, M.S., to the Georgia Professional Standards Commission, June 7, 2023
Acceptable Use Policies Must Include Protections for LGBTQ+ Material and Student Data Privacy – IDRA Testimony Against House Bill 338 submitted by Ruth Youn to the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee, March 21, 2023
Students Deserve to Attend Fully-Funded Public Schools That Affirm and Sustain All Aspects of their Identity – IDRA Testimony Against Senate Bill 233, Submitted to the Georgia House Education Committee on March 20, 2023
Senate Bill 88 Discriminates Against LGBTQ+ Students, who Deserve Supportive Schools that Affirm their Identity, IDRA Testimony Against Senate Bill 88, submitted by Ruth Youn to the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee, March 1, 2023
LGBTQ+ Students Deserve Supportive Schools that Affirm their Identity – IDRA Testimony Against Senate Bill 88, submitted by Mikayla Arciaga, M.A. Ed, to the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee, February 14, 2023
• Policy Comments and Testimony in 2022
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IDRA, ACLU of Georgia and the Southern Poverty Law Center held a press conference when the Governor signed the law. Watch press conference video.
Georgia Education Policy Update – Urgent action needed today!, March 28, 2022
Georgia Education Policy Update: Advocacy News This Week, March 23, 2022
Coalition letter against Georgia HB 60 that would divert taxpayer dollars away from our state’s most underserved public schools and into private schools, with limited evidence that attending private schools improves academic achievement, February 2, 2022
Georgia Education Policy Update: Advocacy News This Week, February 2, 2022
IDRA joined with other civil rights organizations to demand that transgender students across Georgia be protected by their education leaders. On Wednesday, May 4, 2022, the Georgia High School Sports Association’s Executive Committee voted 61-0-1 to prohibit transgender students in our k12 public schools from participating in gendered sports teams that do not align with their gender assigned at birth. This decision impacts transgender, nonbinary, and LGBTQ+ students in your school district among many others. We are demanding that leaders across Georgia who have policies that are supportive of LGBTQ+ students join other athletic representatives in the GHSA and vote to reverse this policy this month. A version of this letter went out last week to the following school districts: Atlanta PS, Clayton County PS, Cobb County SD, DeKalb County SD, Fulton County S, Gwinnett County PS, and Savannah-Chatham County PSS.
Watch live stream of press conference featuring students who were denied the chance to testify against classroom censorship (HB 1084), March 29, 2022
Press Conference Alert: Georgia Youth Silenced by Legislators Speak Out on HB 1084 in Press Conference at Georgia State Capitol – HB 1084 defines race and racism as “divisive concepts” and bans discussion from Georgia K-12 classrooms. Students from all across Georgia were denied testimony in the public hearing. March 28, 2022
Priorities and Recommendations for the 2022 Georgia Legislative Session, by Terrence Wilson, J.D., & Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed., November-December 2021
Knowledge is Power is IDRA’s national resource for educators and advocates to help you do your work for equity and excellence in education in the midst of classroom censorship policies.