Nashville’s ABC News affiliate reports:
Tennessee’s Republican-dominant Senate on Monday advanced legislation that would require school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as allow them to opt their students out of such instruction.
According to the bill, school districts would have 30 days to alert parents or guardians of upcoming instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity. Families could then opt their student out of the learning without being penalized.
Backers of the bill argue the measure strengthens parental rights, but critics counter it could further alienate students already marginalized.
Read the full article. Photo: Sponsor Sen. Paul Rose.
NEW TONIGHT: In a 24-6 vote, Tennessee’s Senate has advanced a bill that would require school districts to alert parents of any instruction on sexual orientation or gender identity, as well as allow them to opt their students out of such instruction.https://t.co/lJoldAU6d4
— WTVC NewsChannel 9 (@newschannelnine) April 6, 2021
“We can’t cancel LGBTQ people.” @SaraforTN, @SenAkbari, @campbelltn20 and all Senate Democrats were united in opposing a bill that stigmatizes LGBTQ students by allowing parents to “opt out” of any lessons that mention sexual orientation. The bill passed the full Senate 24-6. pic.twitter.com/VAQzwmGWQx
— TN Senate Democrats (@TNSenateDems) April 5, 2021