Preserve Gay Straight Alliances to keep schools safe in Tennessee
Your messages to the Senate helped keep the School Club Bill (SB0426) from becoming an anti-Gay-Straight Alliance bill. An "opt-in" provision would have created new barriers for students to participate in any club, including GSAs. SB0426 promotes parental-involvement without creating an unsafe school environment for students.
Tennessee averted a major administrative nightmare for schools with Senate Bill 0426. The Senate Education Committee considered amendments to this School Club Bill that would require either "opt-in" or "opt-out" provisions for student participation. The "opt-in" amendment that would require parents to give prior approval for children to participate in school clubs and extracurricular activities failed by a vote of 4 to 5.
But the "opt-out" amendment prevailed. With a vote of 8 ayes, 0 nays, and 1 abstention, the Senate Education Committee recommended SB0426 to the full Senate with an amendment that requires schools to print notification within student handbooks of a parent's right to opt their child out of school clubs.
The Senate could vote on this bill anytime this week while in session. Keep this pro-parenting, pro-school, and pro-child bill intact without further amendment.
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