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Read about legislative bills that we are tracking through the Tennessee General Assembly that relate to education, including bills about student privacy in bathrooms, child sexual abuse, school board elections, and social-emotional learning.

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Enhances Privacy Protections for Student Data (SB 2029 / HB 2690)

As introduced, this bill creates additional privacy protections for students’ education and health records; prohibits the release of student records in certain circumstances without parents’ informed written consent. Bill Analysis The bill as drafted would require the prior informed written consent … Continue reading

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School Protection and Student Privacy (SB 2480 / HB 2620)

Authorizes attorney general to represent a local school board and/or its employees in a legal proceeding arising out of the school board’s adoption of a policy or practice designating multi-person restrooms, locker rooms, or other facilities for use based only … Continue reading

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Child Sexual Abuse Instruction (SB 1510 / HB 2164)

Requires instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse be provided as part of a family life curriculum. Bill Analysis This bill will amend the law providing for age-appropriate abstinence-based family life curriculum in counties whose pregnancy … Continue reading

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Requires School Board Elections to Be Partisan (SB 582 / HB 1039)

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. … Continue reading

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Prohibits Social-Emotional Learning Standards (SB 4 / HB 357)

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, … Continue reading