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FAFSA delays pose challenges for Georgia college-bound students

Students across Georgia are facing delays in the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) process, particularly challenging due to its late January rollout and additional complications for mixed-status families. Despite these setbacks, the Department of Education has implemented fixes for major issues, and officials, including MorraLee Keller of the National College Attainment Network, urge students not to give up on securing financial aid for college.

School social media ban multiplies censorship

The “Protecting Georgia’s Children on Social Media Act of 2024” proposed by Georgia lawmakers seeks to ban all social media access within schools, raising significant concerns over censorship and infringement on students’ First Amendment rights. Critics argue that such a blanket restriction not only limits educational and expressive opportunities but also challenges established U.S. Supreme Court precedents protecting students’ rights to information and free speech.

Bill criminalizing AI use in deceptive election ads advanced by Georgia Senate panel

In an effort to curb the use of AI in election influence, the Georgia Senate is on the brink of passing HB 986. This bill has gained attention for featuring an AI-generated voice of Republican Sen. Colton Moore of Trenton, who questions the ethics of using personal characteristics against one’s will, sparking a debate on First Amendment rights and the regulation of AI-generated content in political campaigns.

School voucher bill emerges from Georgia House with more momentum than in past years

A contentious school voucher bill, endorsed by influential Republican figures, successfully cleared the House with a 91-82 vote, setting the stage for potential approval in the Senate. Spearheaded by Speaker Pro Tem Jan Jones, the bill proposes allocating $6,500 to parents of students attending underperforming public schools, aiming to provide alternative educational options such as private schooling or homeschooling.

Restricting farm property ownership by ‘foreign adversary’ a step backwards for Georgia

With legislation that conflates national security with xenophobia, Georgia’s House Bill 1093 (folded March 12 into Senate Bill 132) and Senate Bill 420 would restrict certain individuals’ and businesses’ ability from owning, renting, or otherwise holding real property throughout Georgia. While many immigrant groups would be harmed with these bills’ passage, proponents openly target people and businesses from China.