ICM’s advocacy efforts extend to education and its myriad of related issues to include access, equity, school suspension policies, and the school to prison pipeline construct. Earlier advocacy efforts culminated in the 2016 House Bill 135, Too Young to Suspend Bill, wherein students in pre-kindergarten through third grade cannot be suspended without a school review.
During the 2021 legislative session, ICM highlighted and supported Senate Bill 107, waiving tuition and all fees for qualifying foster and adopted students by units of the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. This bill passed both chambers of the legislature and now awaits the Governor’s signature.
There is also House Bill 120, Georgia Resident In-State Tuition Act, allowing Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) students to qualify for in-state tuition for the University System of Georgia and the Technical College System of Georgia. However, this bill failed to crossover.
ICM also expressed opposition to the initial version of Senate Bill 42, removing consideration of data regarding student discipline in public schools from school climate determinations. The final version of Senate Bill 42 omitted this original language and after passing both chambers, also awaits the Governor’s signature.
There is more work to be accomplished in the area of education and we need to remain engaged, learn, share, and reach out to decision and policy makers on issues impacting the wellbeing of children. Below you will find links and resources on educational issues.
Opportunity for input:
ICM is part of Fund Georgia's Future, a coalition that works to create a just public educational system with fair and full funding, and wants to learn more about the state's K-12 public school funding system. You can help by sharing your perspective and experiences with public schools, whether it's as a student, parent, educator or community member. Your responses are greatly appreciated. Access survey here: http://bit.ly/FGFSurvey
RESOURCES AND TRAINING:
“Education is the key to unlock the golden door of freedom.”— GEORGE WASHINGTON CARVER