Posted August 06, 2018 05:37:33Parents in Jefferson County, Georgia, are challenging the state’s new law that allows child care centers to stay open if their providers are black, as long as they don’t have a felony conviction.
The law, which went into effect on August 1, requires providers to notify child-centers if they have a criminal history and to ensure they’re licensed and up-to-date on medical records.
It was signed into law by Gov.
Nathan Deal after the state legislature passed a bill to protect black people from being discriminated against when it comes to childcare.
It is also the latest in a string of racially-charged laws to pass in Georgia in recent years.
But in an interview with local news outlet WSB-TV, Pastor Mike Brown of Atlanta’s First Baptist Church said he wants to see the law changed.
“I want the state to do the right thing and not let the parents decide what’s best for their child,” Brown said.
“The state of Georgia has to take responsibility for this.”
Brown’s church is the only provider in Georgia that does not have a conviction on their record.
He said he and his congregation will continue to provide services for children until the law changes.
The Georgia Department of Human Services said they are aware of the issue and will be working with Brown’s congregation.
The state’s Department of Public Health said they have no comment at this time.
The bill allows for the providers to stay in business if they are licensed and are up- to-date with medical records, and they are certified in their ability to care for children, according to the Georgia Department to Protect Children.
The bill says that if the provider has been convicted of a felony, he or she can be fined up to $250,000 and have the child care center closed.
The department said the bill doesn’t prohibit them from hiring other providers, and said that it is not the state policy to provide childcare to non-licensed providers.
Georgia’s Department to Prevent Discrimination Against Black People said in a statement that the bill was “discriminatory” and that the state is not required to provide a full range of services to families with children.
The organization said they would also work to prevent other communities from being affected.
“While we cannot control the future of every child, we can at least work to ensure that our children are not impacted by the state of the law,” they said.
But parents and child care providers say they believe the law is unnecessary.
“This law is nothing more than an attack on children, and the law itself doesn’t even allow providers to serve non-citizens who are not citizens,” said Jennifer Davis, a former director of the Georgia Black Women’s Center, who was fired by the center in 2016.
In a statement to TechRadars, Brown’s pastor, who is black, said, “I will not be silent on this issue.
I will continue my faith and support the faith of the families of our children.”
He said he is hopeful the bill will be overturned by the governor.
“We will work together and win, and if they do not, we will continue our fight to get our children and our communities back,” Brown added.
Davis is the founder of the Atlanta Baptist Center, a non-profit that serves families of all races.
She said she was fired in 2016 by the group because she refused to comply with the law.
A white father of two who is a registered nurse and is also a member of the Southern Baptist Convention, Davis said the law has led to some problems with child care for her and her family.
“What’s happened is that people are not being able to come to my center,” she said.