Legislation

Age-Appropriate Materials Bill

HB2154 by Lamberth

(SB2407 by Johnson)

Comp. became Pub. Ch. 744

As enacted, enacts the "Age-Appropriate Materials Act of 2022"; requires each public school to maintain, and post on the school's website, a list of the materials in the school's library collection; requires each local board of education and public charter school governing body to adopt a policy to establish procedures for the development and review of school library collections.

HB 1895 by Ragan

SB 1861 by Hensley

Received from House, Passed on First Consideration

Education - As introduced, requires the commissioner of education to withhold a portion of the state education finance funds that an LEA is otherwise eligible to receive if the LEA fails or refuses to determine a student's gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student's sex at the time of birth; exempts an LEA that fails or refuses to determine a student's gender, for purposes of participation in school sports, by the student's sex at the time of birth if the LEA's failure or refusal to do so is required by a court or other legally binding order. - Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6.

Obscenity in Libraries Bill

HB1944
by Cepicky

(SB1944 by Hensley)

Engrossed; ready for transmission to Sen.

As introduced, excludes local education agencies, public schools, and employees and private contractors of LEAs or public schools from the exception to certain obscenity offenses if the LEA, public school, employee, or private contractor possesses obscene material that is harmful to minors on public school premises; prohibits an LEA or public school from making obscene materials or materials harmful to minors available to students in the school libraries controlled by the LEA or public school.

SB2501
by Akbari

(HB2106 by Hakeem)

Action deferred in Senate Education Committee to 3/30/2022

As introduced, requires, rather than recommends, that the course of instruction for students in grades five through eight include curricula designed to educate students in black history and black culture; requires the department of education, rather than the state board of education, to include multicultural diversity in frameworks and curricula for students in kindergarten through grade 12.

HB2742
by Powers

(SB2728 by White)

Engrossed; ready for transmission to Sen.

As introduced, requires that high school students be taught about the virtues of capitalism and the constitutional republic form of government in the United States and Tennessee, as compared to other political and economic systems such as communism and socialism, as part of the social studies curriculum.

SB1887
by Southerland

(HB1912 by Faison)

Rcvd. from S., held on H. desk.

As introduced, authorizes LEAs to provide up to 10 days of the required 180 days of classroom instruction through remote instruction in accordance with certain criteria.

HB1723
by Casada

(SB2006 by Bell)

Placed on cal. Education Instruction for 3/30/2022

As introduced, requires an LEA's policy on the inspection of school instructional materials by parents and legal guardians of students enrolled in the LEA to allow a student's parent or legal guardian to check out from the student's school one set of the instructional materials used in the student's classroom for a period of no less than 48 hours to allow the parent or legal guardian time to inspect the materials.

HB2569
by Ragan

(SB2440 by Bell)

H. Placed on Regular Calendar for 3/31/2022

As introduced, prohibits the state from discriminating against, or granting preferential treatment to, an individual or group based on the individual's or group's race, sex, color, ethnicity, or national origin in the operation of any aspect of public employment, public education, or public contracting.

HB2454
by Weaver

(SB2292 by Bell)

Placed on cal. Education Administration for 3/30/2022

As introduced, redefines "obscene" to include material that has educational value; makes various changes to the internet acceptable use policy LEAs are required to adopt; requires providers of digital and online resources to ensure that users cannot access certain obscene material; requires a local board of education to establish a mechanism for parents, legal guardians, or students to report failures of the technology selected by the LEA to filter, block, or otherwise prevent access to pornography or obscenity through online resources and to submit an annual report to the state board of education regarding same.

Preferred Pronouns Bill

HB2633
by Cochran

(SB2777 by Bell)

Placed on s/c cal Finance, Ways, and Means Subcommittee for 3/30/2022

As introduced, specifies that a teacher or other employee of a public school or LEA is not required to refer to a student using the student's preferred pronoun if the pronoun does not align with the student's biological sex; insulates a teacher or other employee of a public school or LEA from civil liability and adverse employment action for referring to a student using the pronoun aligned with the student's biological sex instead of the student's preferred pronoun.

SB2006
by Bell

(HB1723 by Casada)

Assigned to General Subcommittee of Senate Education Committee

As introduced, requires an LEA's policy on the inspection of school instructional materials by parents and legal guardians of students enrolled in the LEA to allow a student's parent or legal guardian to check out from the student's school one set of the instructional materials used in the student's classroom for a period of no less than 48 hours to allow the parent or legal guardian time to inspect the materials.

Parents Bill of Rights

HB2451
by Weaver

(SB2360 by Bowling)

Failed for lack of second in: Health Subcommittee

As introduced, enacts the "Parent Bill of Rights Act," which requires LEAs to permit parents to have access to certain information, including the names of instructors, titles available in the school library, teacher manuals, and curriculum; requires parents to provide written consent before a student can participate in any extracurricular activity, family life lesson, field trip, school assembly, or guest speaker event; prohibits certain healthcare practitioners from providing medical treatment to a minor without parental consent or an appropriate court order.