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Georgia

Georgia became one of the first states to ban CRT in K-12 education. It did so not via the legislature, but via the state Board of Education. No mandate in either direction exists for colleges and universities in Georgia.

K-12 Education

In June 2021, the Georgia Board of Education adopted a resolution that bars “the practice of protest civics (extracurricular political protest and lobbying as required schoolwork), while also preventing Georgia schools from instilling in students the key tenets of critical race theory.”

Georgia’s move is also the first case in which a board of education, rather than a legislature, has moved against protest civics and CRT. Governor Kemp, to his credit, asked the Board of Education to act, because the Georgia legislature is currently out of session. That is no small matter, since it is entirely possible that one of the dangerous federal bills could pass before the Georgia legislature reconvenes in 2022 and acts to bar protest civics and CRT on its own. A federal grant with strings controlled by bad legislation, combined with Biden’s own pro-CRT priority criteria, could easily force protest civics and CRT on Georgia before its elected representatives have a chance to act. The latest move by the Georgia state Board of Education helps to prevent that, and it’s notable that the Georgia board’s resolution explicitly bars application for federal grants that encourage either protest civics or CRT. (source: source)

Notably, an article at Poynter debunks some criticisms of the resolution, saying it did not ban the discussion of race in classrooms (source).

Higher Education

The higher education system does not have any mandates for colleges and universities in Georgia. However, many schools in the state have fully embraced CRT, anti-racism, and the like.

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