Please, vote NO on SB1443, SB1117, and SB466 on March 15 in the Education Committee.
SB1443 and SB1117 are parent opt-in bills. In many cases parents can already opt out of activities and aspects of the curriculum. There is no evidence that this system is not working. Requiring parents to opt into so many aspects of education will result in a lot of busywork for students, parents, teachers, and administrators. It will have a chilling effect on participation. School clubs, for example, have a positive effect on student retention, and we should encourage students to get involved in activities that grow their interests and leadership.
SB466 deals with student pronouns at school. There is a great deal of misinformation on this issue. It really comes down to respect. In hurts no adult to use a student's pronouns, but it is harmful to students when school personnel show them disrespect. Supportive policies improve educational outcomes for trans students. The January 27, 2022 report from the Society for Research in Child Development concluded: “Ultimately, transgender youth show more positive outcomes in school environments that implement and enforce policies and practices that affirm youth’s gender identity and protect them from discrimination.”
In addition, please note the fiscal note on SB466. Tennessee receives almost $1.3 Billion in federal education funds. The discriminatory implications of the bill put that funding at risk.
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