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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I am writing in support of SB0426 with Senate Education Committee Amendment 1.
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. In this format, the bill is pro-parental involvement without creating excessive administrative burdens on schools.
Please vote for SB0426 with Senate Education Committee Amendment 1.
Thank you for your service to the State of Tennessee.
Respectfully and sincerely,
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