Opponents of a measure that bans Tennessee public schools from teaching about gay issues say they'll continue to show up in large groups to protest the legislation. The proposal, dubbed the "Don't Say Gay" bill, is sponsored by Republican Representative and House Education Subcommittee chair Joey Hensley. It was scheduled to be heard by the subcommittee Wednesday, but Hensley says he wanted to be out by a certain time and delayed taking up his bill and others until next week. Chris Sanders is chairman of the Nashville committee of the Tennessee Equality Project, which organized the gathe
Tennessee parents would be able to opt their children out of extracurricular school activities under a proposal advancing in the state House. The measure passed the House Education Subcommittee Wednesday on a voice vote. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the Senate Education Committee. Under the legislation, schools would notify parents about the activities by way of student handbooks or policy guidebooks. Lawmakers say those parents who don't want their children to participate in a certain activity would be able to send a note to the school.