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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. 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

Bill Status

No action taken in the House or the Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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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, 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

Bill Status

No action in the House or Senate.

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

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Political Involvement of Churches (SB 403 / HB 609)

BILL SUMMARY

Exempts churches and religious organizations from the requirements applicable to Political Action Committees (PACs) when spending funds in favor or opposition to ballot measures related to morality, such as alcohol, drugs, abortion, marriage, or gambling.

BILL ANALYSIS

Important bill to preserve the ability of a church to inform its community about issues related to biblical teaching without having to worry about being fined for violation of the state’s campaign finance laws.

BILL SPONSORS

Gresham in the Senate, Gant in the House

TRACK THIS BILL

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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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

TRACK THIS BILL

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

Tennessee flag logo and words education bills

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

TRACK THIS BILL

Full Text: Senate Bill / House Bill

BILL STATUS

No action taken in the House or Senate.

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