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
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
Students Deserve an Equitable, Fully Funded Public School System – IDRA Testimony Submitted to the Georgia Senate Study Committee to Review Education Funding Mechanisms on August 19, 2022 – See video
See What Does Georgia’s House Bill 1084 Do?, our one-pager with a breakdown of the law and its components.
Georgia Classroom Censorship Bills Analysis. February 1, 2022
Families and Students Deserve Authentic Engagements as Partners Rather than Adversarial School Environments – IDRA Testimony against House Bill 1178, submitted by Mikayla Arciaga to the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee, March 23, 2022
Students Deserve to Attend Fully Funded Public Schools That Affirm and Sustain All Aspects of their Identity – IDRA Testimony Against Senate Bill 601, Submitted by Terrence Wilson, J.D., to the Georgia Senate Education & Youth Committee on March 8, 2022
Senate Bill 377 Threatens Cuts to School Resources for Students to Thrive – IDRA Testimony Against SB 377 in the Georgia General Assembly, presented by Terrence Wilson, J.D. to the Senate Education & Youth Committee, February 14, 2022 – See video
Transgender Students Deserve Affirmation and Support Not Exclusion and Marginalization – IDRA Testimony against Senate Bill 435, submitted by Terrence Wilson, J.D., to the Georgia Senate Education and Youth Committee, February 9, 2022 – See video
SB 226 Will Prohibit Books for Students From Marginalized Communities – IDRA Testimony against SB 226 in the Georgia General Assembly, presented by Terrence Wilson, J.D. to the House Judiciary Non-Civil Subcommittee, February 9, 2022 – See video
Schools Should Value Student’s Lived Experiences, Not Censor Them – IDRA Testimony against HB 1084 in the Georgia General Assembly, presented by Mikayla Arciaga, M.A.Ed, to the House Education Academic Innovation Subcommittee, February 9, 2022 – See video
Students Deserve to Attend Fully-Funded Public Schools That Affirm and Sustain All Aspects of their Identity – IDRA Testimony Against House Bill 999, Submitted to the Georgia House Education Committee on February 1, 2022 – See video
Students Deserve Access to Diverse Curricula that Supports and Sustains All Aspects of their Identity – IDRA Testimony Against Senate Bill 226, Submitted to the Georgia House Judiciary Non-Civil Sub-Committee on January 25, 2022 – See video
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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.