“Today we’re here … to sign legislation that puts our children ahead of partisan agenda and gets parents back in charge of their kids’ education,” Kemp said during a news conference.
Critics on Thursday blasted Kemp, with the ACLU of Georgia saying parents in the state want their children to be taught accurate curricula.
“Whether you are white, Black, Hispanic or Asian— most parents want their children to learn about history the way they learn about math— as accurately as possible,” Andrea Young, the group’s executive director, said in a statement.
“My son should be able to go into his school library and find books that reflect what his family looks like, just like every other student in Georgia,” Amanda Lee, a parent, educator and president-elect of the Georgia Library Media Association, said at a separate news conference Thursday to oppose the bills. “Brian Kemp is signing several bills today that will take away student rights. They will have a chilling effect on education across Georgia and limit the exchange of free ideas which prepare our students for college and careers.”
Kemp also signed into law HB 1178, known as the “Parents’ Bill of Rights,” which provides greater transparency to parents and legal guardians regarding what their students are being taught, and SB 226, which bans literature or books deemed to be offensive in nature from school libraries.
“Unfortunately, there are those outside of our state and other members of the General Assembly who chose partisan politics over common sense reforms for our students as well as our parents,” the governor said Thursday.
“Self-serving politicians, catering to an extreme portion of their party’s base, are showing that they’re willing to harm vulnerable kids who just want to play with their friends,” she added.