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Opinion: No furries in schools, but snakes in the Georgia Legislature


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Maureen Downey / The Atlanta Journal-Constitution




File photo/Arvin Temkar/Atlanta Journal-Constitution via The AP / State Sen. Greg Dolezal, R-Cumming, left, is congratulated by Sen. Matt Brass, R-Newnan, following the passage of Senate bill 233, which would give families $6,500 vouchers funding for private school tuition and home schooling, on Wednesday, March 20, 2024, in the Senate at the Capitol in Atlanta. The bill now moves to Gov. Brian Kemp for his signature.

Most of the culture war legislation proposed in the Georgia General Assembly sought to remedy manufactured crises such as transgender girls reigning over high school tracks and basketball courts and third graders finding “The Happy Hooker” alongside “The Hungry Caterpillar” in school libraries.

Fortunately, the worst of the polarizing legislation failed. While advanced by a hepped-up Georgia Senate, the bills were restrained by the Georgia House, which has become the Legislature’s vigilant bartender refusing to overserve those sputtering gibberish.

The question is why so many clearheaded Georgians, most of whom send their own kids to their local schools, and rate those schools highly, come to believe the exaggerations and falsehoods about public education that politicians spout?

I was reading a North Georgia community Facebook page last week where a parent asked: Was it true that the local public middle school kept litter boxes in the bathrooms to accommodate “furries,” students who identify as kittens or other animals? The mother explained that she was worried because her child would enter middle school next year.

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