Georgia Educators Sue District Over “Vague” Restrictions

(VitalNews.org) – A lawsuit was filed on Tuesday by the Georgia Association of Educators, along with two other educators, against the Cobb County School officials due to two bills that restrict teacher’s Speech and what they can teach in the classroom. The argument says that these “vague laws pose a continuing threat to other teachers in the school district … and harm Cobb County students’ ability to learn in safe and inclusive classrooms.”

The first bill is the Protecting Students First Act, which prohibits teachers from “espousing personal political beliefs concerning divisive concepts.” These concepts were listed out and they consisted of topics such as race, unconscious bias, racial privilege, and the role of racism in American history.”

The second bill is called the Parents’ Bill of Rights which says that “all parent’s rights are reserved to the parent of a minor child in this state without obstruction or interference from a state or local government entity.” Then it continued to state that this included “the right to direct the [child’s] upbringing and the moral or religious training.”

Governor Brian Kemp, after signing the bills, said “We put students and parents first by keeping woke politics out of the classroom and off our ballfields.” However, educators are fighting saying that these restrictions make teaching nearly impossible.

One educator filing the lawsuit is Katherine Rinderle who said she was fired for reading the book “My Shadow Is Purple” in her classroom. “My students had voted on which book they wanted to read that day, and they had voted twice to choose ‘My Shadow Is Purple,” said Rinderle. “Students had engaged in discussion about what they gathered from the book and the message they received.”

She said that ultimately what led to her getting fired was that a parent had complained about the book and that their child read it in school, which ultimately led to her termination.

One other argument is that the laws are very vague and the topics covered are not all under one umbrella. The plaintiffs said that the administrators couldn’t define “controversial, sensitive, or divisive” in their Censorship Policies and it’s also been said that many teachers didn’t even know about some topics that were not to be discussed in class.

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