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Georgia Code Title 20. Education § 20-2-852.1

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A local board of education that permits paternity or maternity time off for biological parents following the birth of a child shall, upon request, make such time off available for individuals adopting a child, in the same manner and utilizing the same type of leave.  If the local board of education has established a policy providing time off for biological parents, that period of time shall be the minimum period of leave available for adoptive parents.  Requests for additional leave due to the adoption of an ill child or a child with a disability shall be considered on the same basis as comparable cases of such complications accompanying the birth of such a child to an employee or employee's spouse.  Any other benefits provided by the local board of education, such as job guarantee or pay, shall be available to both adoptive and biological parents on an equal basis.  A local board of education shall not penalize an employee for exercising the rights provided by this Code section.  The provisions of this Code section shall not apply to an adoption by the spouse of a custodial parent.

(a)(1) The General Assembly hereby acknowledges that too often, persons enrolled in institutions of higher education do not appreciate the value of their postsecondary educational experience and, following a brief history of poor and failing grades, such persons decide to pursue other worldly pursuits outside the academic world.  The General Assembly further finds that following a considerable passage of time, the appreciation for postsecondary educational opportunities increases in such persons to the point that they seek to return to the institution only to find that the grades they acquired during their earlier experience act as a barrier and hindrance to their academic progress.

(2) The purpose of this section is to provide a mechanism for institutions of higher education to disregard the records of such persons which prevent or impede their academic success.

(b) A student enrolled in an institution of higher education on April 8, 1991, shall be eligible for academic clemency.

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