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How do you take a good piece of legislation and turn it into an administrative nightmare? Well it is happening right now to SB0426 here in Tennessee. The bill originally allowed parents to opt their child out of participation in a school club or organization. Now Sen. Stacey Campfield has filed an amendment to this bill that would change the requirement. If the parents want their child to participate in a school club, they have to give written permission for them to participate.

While this sounds like another way of doing the same thing, it is not. Opting your child out of one club with a note is not the same thing as having to give written permission for every club your child may participate in. Asking our already overburdened school administrators to sort through hundreds of permission slips every year and police which clubs the students can attend will create unnecessary paperwork, consume too much time, and place yet another level of bureaucracy on schools activites.

Amendment 1 to SB0426 will not only create an undue burden on parents and schools. Such legislation has also been used in other states to eliminate Gay Straight Alliances from high school campuses. Students who attend schools with Gay Straight Alliances are less likely to experience anti-LGBT hostility and harassment on campus.

Tell the Tennessee State Senate’s Education Committee to vote “No” on Amendment 1 to SB0426.

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Letter to
State Senator Janice Bowling
State Senator Rusty Crowe
State Senator Jamie Woodson
and 6 others
State Senator Reginald Tate
State Senator Charlotte Burks
State Senator Brian Kelsey
State Senator Todd Gardenhire
State Senator Dolores Gresham
State Senator Jim Summerville
I am writing to ask you to vote against an amendment to SB0426 on School Clubs and Organizations.

As written, SB0426 is a pro-parenting bill that allows parents to opt their child out of participation in a school club or organization. Now Sen. Stacey Campfield has filed an amendment to this bill that would change the requirement. The proposed amendment will require all schools to obtain written permission from parents for ALL children to participate in school clubs, organizations and extracurricular activities.

While this sounds like another way of doing the same thing, it is not. Opting a child out of one club with a note is not the same thing as having to give written permission for every club a child may participate in. Asking our already overburdened school administrators to sort through hundreds of permission slips every year and police which clubs the students can attend will create unnecessary paperwork, consume too much time, and place yet another level of bureaucracy on schools activities.

Please help Tennessee teachers, schools and parents by voting against Amendment 1 on SB0426.

Respectfully and sincerely,