House votes to allow video cameras in special education classrooms

The Georgia House on Wednesday voted to allow video cameras in special education classes as part of a statewide pilot program.

House Bill 614, by Rep. Valencia Stovall, D-Lake City, said the footage captured would only be available to school administrators, but parents with concerns could seek a subpoena for the video if necessary.

The bill, Stovall said, “crosses all political lines. There have been cases of abuse from students to students to teachers to students.”

It’s not about spying on teachers, she said.

“The cameras are not a Big Brother, but to serve as an objective eye for our most vulnerable students,” Stovall said.

The bill passed 158-6 and now goes to the Senate.

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