Under Kemp’s order, K-12 schools and public universities cannot require vaccinations for students or staffers. His order presents challenges to Georgia colleges that are supposed to be returning to normal, which means full dorms. Many Georgia private colleges have already announced they will mandate vaccinates to safeguard their campuses, including Emory University, Clark Atlanta University, Morehouse College, Morehouse School of Medicine, Spelman College and Agnes Scott College.
“Our goal is a fully vaccinated campus community to protect against the spread of COVID-19 and its more contagious variants, which have demonstrated long-term health effects even after mild illness, and the propensity to lead to more serious disease, including in young people,” said Agnes Scott President Leocadia I. Zak.
Somewhere, a band of political operatives in a back room or a private Facebook page decreed the next battleground for America’s culture wars will be our classrooms, hence the fabricated campaign against trans girls playing high school sports and now the orchestrated outrage over diversity and equity in our schools. There was not a single case in Georgia relevant to the proposed “Save Girls Sports Act,” which would define gender as an athlete’s reproductive biology and genetics at birth. Yet, several hearings were dedicated to the bill, which did not pass the Legislature this year but will likely return next.
Efforts in Georgia to rid schools of imaginary critical race theory curriculums and pass unnecessary “Save Girls Sports” laws ought to be called by their real name, “Save the GOP Majority.” These campaigns targeting schools are politically driven, deliberately divisive and totally baseless.