Saturday, April 28, 2007

TLA: Parental Involvement

On Wednesday, May 2, the Tennessee House Education Committee will resume
discussion of two bills related to parental involvement, HB0905 by Rep. Matthew
Hill (R-Jonesborough) and HB1943 by Rep. Leslie Winningham (D-Huntsville). The
Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition believes that HB1943 is the better
of the two bills. This bill, whose companion version, SB2162 by Charlotte
Burks, has already passed the Senate by a vote of 30 to 0, encourages parents to
get more involved in their children's education. HB0905 requires signed
permission slips to join student clubs.

We ask you to contact members of the House Education Committee and ask them
to support HB1943 to help promote positive activities in students' curricular
and extracurricular activities, and oppose HB0905 by Representative Hill, which
has too many unintended consequences. A clear example would be a child having
his or her only outlet for camaraderie stifled by disinterested parents
failing to sign a document--no matter what club the child may chose to join.

The House Education Committee will meet Wednesday, May 2, at 11:00am.
Members of the House Education Committee are:

Leslie Winningham (D-Huntsville), Chair Harry Brooks (R-Knoxville)
Dr. Tommie Brown (D-Chattanooga), Vice Chair Jim Coley (R-Bartlett)
Joe Towns, Jr. (D-Memphis), Secretary Dolores Gresham (R-Somerville)
Barbara Cooper (D-Memphis) Dr. Beth Harwell (R-Nashville)
John Hood (D-Murfreesboro) Philip Johnson (R-Pegram)
Ulysses Jones (D-Memphis) Ron Lollar (R-Bartlett)
Mark Maddox (D-Dresden) Gerald McCormick (R-Chattanooga)
Mike McDonald (D-Portland) Richard Montgomery (R-Sevierville)
Larry Turner (D-Memphis)
John Mark Windle (D-Livingston)

e-mail: rep.(first name).(last name)

Also on May 2, at 8:30, the Senate Education Committee is scheduled to
discuss SB1133 by DeWayne Bunch, the companion bill to HB0905. If you have not
already done so, please contact members of the Senate Education Committee and
remind them that they have already passed SB2162 by Senator Burks and that SB1133
is unnecessary.

The Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC) is an organization
designed to educate and advocate on behalf of transgender related legislation at
the Federal, State and local levels. TTPC is dedicated to raising public
awareness and building alliances with other organizations concerned with equal rights

For more information, or to make a donation, contact:

Tennessee Transgender Political Coalition (TTPC)
P.O. Box 92335
Nashville, TN 37209
(615)353-1834 fax


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