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Education Policy

Georgia Education Advocacy

Black girl graduateAll 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.


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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.


Resources 

Changing Policy

What is in Georgia’s Classroom Censorship Law

See What Does Georgia’s House Bill 1084 Do?, our one-pager with a breakdown of the law and its components.

Georgia Education Policy Update: General Assembly Wrap  Up – Community voices were strong, April 8, 2022

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

Engaging Communities

Join the Southern Education Equity Network online!

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

Georgia Education Policy Update – Advocacy News – Week of January 31, 2022

Georgia Coalition Against Classroom Censorship Statement Opposing House Bill 888, House Bill 1084, Senate Bill 375 & Senate Bill 377, February 1, 2022

Communicating Effectively 

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

Georgia Students Need their Legislators to Make Smart Decisions – Stories about classroom censorship, corporal punishment, and more!, IDRA eNews, January 27, 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.

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