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Tennessee educators: How would limits on teaching about racism and social justice affect your classroom?

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Photo by Alan Petersime/Chalkbeat. Illustration by Lauren Bryant/Chalkbeat

Beginning next school year, Tennessee teachers will have to restrict their instruction on race and racism under newly passed legislation that’s likely to become law.

Gov. Bill Lee is expected to sign the bill that passed along partisan lines during the last week of the legislative session for Tennessee’s GOP-controlled General Assembly. 

The legislation allows the state education commissioner to withhold funds from schools and districts where teachers promote certain concepts about racism, sexism, bias, and other social issues that are part of the nation’s history.

Among concepts that teachers will be unable to discuss: that one race bears responsibility for the past actions against another; the United States is fundamentally racist; and a person is inherently privileged or oppressive due to their race.

Chalkbeat wants to hear from Tennessee teachers at this moment:  How will this legislation affect you? What are your most pressing questions and concerns? Let us know in the survey below. 

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