Derrick Martin, a senior at Bleckley County High School in Cochran, Ga., is taking his boyfriend to the prom next month. And unlike a similar situation in rural Mississippi, school officials in the small mid-Georgia town have approved the date, the Macon Telegraph reported Tuesday.
In a year where a growing budget shortfall casts a long shadow across every conversation at the Georgia Capitol, one bill aimed at protecting Georgia students faces an uncertain future in the House.
State Rep. Mike Jacobs (R-Atlanta) made a last-minute floor maneuver March 11 to save a bill that would expand the definition of bullying while requiring schools to develop strict guidelines tailored to curb bullying in elementary through high schools.
An activist with Lambda Legal, the Atlanta Lesbian Health Initiative and numerous other organizations, Simone Bell was familiar with rallying outside of the State Capitol, chanting and urging legislators inside the building to listen to their concerns.
“It’s really interesting being on the other side of the table,” said Bell (D-Atlanta), who took her seat as the state representative for District 58 in January after winning a special election and runoff last November and December.