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Academic Bill of Rights Sweeps Georgia Senate, 41-5 By: Sara Dogan
Students for Academic Freedom | Wednesday, March 24, 2004

Atlanta, GA – The Academic Bill of Rights Resolution, introduced by Senator Eric Johnson, sailed through the Georgia Senate today with a sweeping 41-5 vote.  The resolution calls for colleges and universities to voluntarily end discrimination in hiring practices based on political or religious beliefs and to promote intellectual diversity and academic freedom on campus. 

Prior to the vote by the full senate, the bill was considered by the Senate Education Committee which approved the resolution on March 9 with a unanimous vote after hearings on the problem of partisan teaching and indoctrination in the classroom revealed extensive abuses of academic freedom by professors and administrators. Among those who testified at these hearings were United States Congressman Jack Kingston, Academic Bill of Rights author David Horowitz, Emory Law Professor Mark Bauerlein and students from Georgia State and Georgia Tech Universities.

“This is a monumental victory for academic freedom in Georgia,” said David Horowitz, the founder of Students for Academic Freedom. “I thank the Georgia Senate for recognizing the importance of this legislation, and urge the state’s universities to carry out the mandate for academic freedom and intellectual diversity set forth by the Senate in this historic vote.”

The Academic Bill of Rights was also introduced by Congressman Kingston in the U.S. House of Representatives as H.R. 318 last October. The bill has garnered 33 co-sponsors as was referred to the Committee on Education and the Workforce. In Colorado, a statute based on the Academic Bill of Rights was passed by the state’s House Education Committee on February 25th.

David Horowitz is the founder of Students for Academic Freedom, a new national initiative dedicated to restoring academic diversity and educational values to America’s institutions of higher learning. The organization recommends that colleges and universities adopt an Academic Bill of Rights to ensure that these principles are respected. The Academic Bill of Rights is available on the organization’s website at http://studentsforacademicfreedom.org.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Ruiz at 800-752-6562, ext. 202.

Sara Dogan is National Campus Director of Students for Academic Freedom.

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