Thursday on Political Rewind: A new Atlanta Journal-Constitution poll shows President Biden's approval ratings dropped drastically in Georgia. We also look at the renewed push to focus on mental health in the General Assembly. And the acting chancellor of the university system, following a request from conservative state lawmakers, asks for reports on classes talking about race and oppression.
The lawmakers withheld their votes as the state Senate passed a bill that would ban schools from teaching critical race theory. The education superintendent has said it is not being taught in schools.
The next few months could see critical race theory banned and transgender student athletes sidelined if Gov. Brian Kemp gets his way.
Friday on Political Rewind: Just days after a visit to Georgia where he demanded the U.S. Senate pass voting rights legislation, President Joe Biden admits the prospects for action are now dim. Is there a future for federal election reform law? Meanwhile, in his State of the State speech, Gov. Brian Kemp showcased his plans for doling out billions of dollars of state surplus money for income tax refunds, teacher and state employee pay raises, and more.
With so-called "critical race theory" dominating the discussion before the 2022 General Assembly session begins, some worry more pressing problems like school funding could get short shrift.
State Rep. Matt Krause launched an inquiry into school library books on topics like race and gender earlier this fall. A San Antonio district says it's reviewing some 400 titles that were on his list.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Education re-emerges as a top issue in state and national politics. In Georgia, Democrats say they feel blindsided by a proposal that would — among other things — reshape school boards across the state.
In the latest instance, South Carolina Gov. Henry McMaster calls on the state's department of education to look into banning a book about queer identity, saying the content is sexually explicit.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott asked the state's association of school boards to review and remove any school library books with "pornography or other inappropriate content." It's part of a larger trend.
The lawsuit argues that Oklahoma's law banning lessons on gender and race interferes with students' and educators' First Amendment right to learn and talk about those issues in school.
An administrator with the Southlake School District reportedly made the statement during a meeting when a new state law came up. It says multiple perspectives should be presented on certain topics.
Wednesday on Political Rewind: Georgia Republicans have joined the chorus of GOP voices demanding that schools stop teaching so-called critical race theory. But slavery did exist … and so did lynching, Jim Crow laws and often violent measures employed to stop black people from voting. What are the consequences of downplaying or ignoring our past?
Many Americans will acknowledge Juneteenth, the day in 1865 when the last of enslaved African Americans were finally freed in Galveston, Texas, on June 19.
Friday on Political Rewind: The Cobb County School Board has waded into the contentious fight against the teaching of so-called critical race theory. A divided board yesterday outlawed the concept. Meanwhile, a federal judge has dismissed a lawsuit calling for Major League Baseball to return the All-Star Game to Cobb County.
Monday on Political Rewind: Gov. Brian Kemp received a raucous welcome at the GOP state convention over the weekend. He heard plenty of booing from Republican activists still angry he did not do more to support President Donald Trump’s efforts to overturn the results of the 2020 election. The jeers were mixed with the cheers of those ready to support him for a second term in 2022.