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18th-Mar-2005 10:08 am
Witch Hunt in Georgia Public Schools, DO NOT stand for this! TAKE ACTION NOW!!!!!!!!

Kathy Cox, School Superintendent of Georgia, the woman who caused this state much embarrassed regression into the 1950's with her declaration that "Evolution is a negative buzzword" and subsequent campaign to have evolution removed from biology curriculum (reccommended reading here) is proposing a state board rule that would require parental permission for any after school activity. Right now parental permission is only required for athletics, but the new rule would cover all extracurricular activities including support groups, advocacy groups and clubs. The rule is actually designed to eliminate gay rights, advocacy and support groups in high schools. Because the members of these organizations by and large do so without their parents knowing they are gay, it would force many students struggling with their sexual identity away from the only support available to them.

Senator Nancy Schaefer, antigay Fundie and all around heinous beast, has already tried to get this passed in the legislature this session and it failed.

"Students and parents affiliated with the gay student support groups have their own concerns. Because many students can't talk to their parents about their sexuality or consider their parents unsupportive, requiring written permission could dissuade many from attempting to join such groups" parents and students say.

That's the point, said state Sen. Ralph Hudgens (R-Comer), who sponsored a bill this session that would have required similar disclosure. "I just believe that any child who would want to go and join that club, if they have to have their parents' permission, they're not going to feel comfortable going and asking Mama or Daddy to do it,'' he said.

The AJC article where the above quote comes from:

http://www.ajc.com/friday/content/epaper/editions/friday/metro_24a3387f829042d80056.html

The people to contact are:

All State BOE Members: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/doe/sboe/index.asp
Georgia DOE Legal Services Department: http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/doe/legalservices/proposed_rules.asp

The proposed board rule can be viewed at:

http://www.doe.k12.ga.us/_documents/doe/legalservices/proposed/pr160-5-1-.29.pdf

Public Hearing Date: Wednesday, April 13, 2005 from 12 – 1 p.m.
Proposed Adoption Date: April 14, 2005 at 9 a.m.
Location: State Board Room, Georgia Department of Education
2070 Twin Towers East, 205 Jesse Hill Jr. Drive, Atlanta, Georgia 30334
Written Statement Deadline: March 30, 2005

Talking Points:

  • Unnecessary level of paperwork involved for already overworked staff and students a like.
  • Would deter membership in groups to assist those struggling with issues they may not want to involve their parents in such as physical abuse, sexual abuse and rape in addition to gay rights and advocacy organizations.
  • You cannot legislate or force a parental bond. Forcing parental permission will not increase parental communication; it will only cause further friction as the student is forced to withdraw from the outlets available to them.
Make sure your written statement is submitted to the Legal Services department before March 30th!

Spread the word! They WILL listen if we provide them with an overwhelming voice against such an action. Already I have contacted dailykos.com. Georgia Equality, and the Human Rights Campaign about this. I will NOT be complacent, and neither should you.

Much love and respect to arie for this invaluable information

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Comments 
18th-Mar-2005 03:55 pm (UTC)
It will only be a matter of time before that shit is started here in Tennessee also.
18th-Mar-2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
Considering the history in Rhea County and the disaster of the Scopes Monkey Trial, I (regretfully) would have to agree with you.
18th-Mar-2005 05:51 pm (UTC)
One good thing about the Rhea county debacle this past year is that it did help some moderates in the area see just how bad fundamentalist-dominated politics is.

The Rhea County Commission ended up with egg on its face. Karma is alive and well around here at least!
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18th-Mar-2005 04:41 pm (UTC)
You really need to call me, seriously!
18th-Mar-2005 05:07 pm (UTC)
I wonder if it this is considered impinging on freedom of speech. The first amendment is pretty broad in what they consider to be freedom of expression - and this is attempting to sensor said form of expression.

That said, I think that's a stretch. I bet it's not.

In any event, I can't see this being a good thing, and I wonder if it will pass.

It's going to take somethign that has a serious negative lashback on a state before they're like, "oh, shit, that wasn't bright"

I'm still waiting for something like that to happen though.
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