Not everyone is sure how clear SB 283 is. The bill doesn’t define what it means by secular symbol. And its line about allowing a display with a secular symbol and one religion have left some, including the Georgia School Boards Association, wondering whether that allows the promotion of a particular religious belief over others.
The House made changes, however, so the bill must go back to the Senate for consideration. The House added much of House Bill 897 to SB 283. The House bill is a major rewrite of the state's elementary and secondary education laws. HB 897 passed the House previously but has not received a vote of the full Senate.