Proposal to Ban Teachers From Discussing Gender Identity Renewed

Proposal to Ban Teachers From Discussing Gender Identity Renewed

( – Georgia state Sen. Carden Summers is attempting to revive a proposed bill that would require teachers to obtain parental permission before discussing topics such as gender identity with students. The proposal, Senate Bill 222, failed in regular session earlier this year after opposition from some religious conservatives as well as gay rights groups.

On Aug. 23, Summers unveiled a new version of the bill during a Senate Education and Youth Committee hearing. The previous version was tabled by all but one senator on the committee, which has a Republican majority. In introducing a new version of the bill, Summers stated that “you need to talk to the parent” before discussing gender identity with a child under the age of 16.

Before teaching topics such as “gender identity, queer theory, gender ideology, or gender transition,” private schools would be required to obtain written permission from the child’s parents.

By Jan. 1, 2025, public schools would have to create policies to determine how schools would handle issues regarding gender identity or a child that wants to dress as a gender other than the one they were born as. Any changes to school records that discuss the gender identity change of a child must have written parental permission.

If public schools violate the new law, they will not be allowed to participate in the state’s athletic and extracurricular body, the Georgia High School Association. Violations could also lead to state funds being withheld. Under the proposal, public school teachers and administrators could lose their state teaching license if in violation.

If private schools violate the new law, they would be banned from receiving the state money which is provided by vouchers for children with special educational needs.

However, those who oppose the bill claim the new version is not much different than the previous version. Democrats call the bill a version of Florida’s bill, which they claim handcuffs teachers from discussing or acknowledging a child’s gender. Those who support the bill state private schools should also be regulated, though some conservatives are opposed to the idea.

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