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Partisan School Board Elections (SB 582 / HB 1039)

BILL SUMMARY

Requires school board elections to be partisan races.

BILL ANALYSIS

Important bill for transparency and voter education. Since Tennessee is mostly Republican, many Democrats have focused on non-partisan elections (school board, municipal office) to assert influence on the local level. They are able to be elected because it is difficult to ascertain the full extent of their beliefs through campaign mailers, etc. This bill will require school board candidates to run as partisan, party candidate.

BILL SPONSORS

Gresham in the Senate, Smith in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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Prohibits Social and Emotional Learning (SB 4 / HB 357)

BILL SUMMARY

Prohibits the state board of education from adopting or providing standards or competencies for social and emotional learning (SEL).

BILL ANALYSIS

Social and emotional learning (SEL) is a process by which students are taught to apply their knowledge in social, emotional, and relational contexts.

Last summer, Tennessee joined a national pilot program (CASEL) implementing SEL standards but was forced to withdraw following concerns from citizens and legislators.

This bill would prohibit the state from introducing or requiring SEL. It does not address whether local school districts can choose to implement SEL.

BILL SPONSORS

Gresham in the Senate, Dunn in the House

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Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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