Teachers Face Possible Loss of License for Classroom Discussions

Posted by Joseph D. Lento | Jun 09, 2023 | 0 Comments

The Tennessee legislature is considering a bill that allow more people the right to file complaints for classroom discussions of banned concepts. Currently, only parents, teachers, or district personnel may file a complaint, and this has not led to the discipline of a teacher. With the change in law, almost anyone would be able to file a complaint against any public school teacher in Tennessee. Complaints against teachers are likely to rise if this law passes.

Teachers Confused about Banned Concepts

Teachers now find themselves in a difficult position—the banned concepts in these laws, if interpreted broadly, might cover any discussion on race—with little real guidance. While other states are banning “critical race theory,” the Tennessee law does not use this phrase. It does closely parallel the intention of those other states' laws, as it limits how race can be taught and incorporates similar language.

Several States Considering Similar Legislation

Tennessee is not the only state considering a measure of this type – the current count of bills introduced in states seeking to limit classroom discussions of racism is now at over 100. Anti-CRT measures have been filed in 49 states, either at the state level or more locally. Other states have sought to limit discussions of sexism and issues of gender identity.

Laws Ban Classroom Discussions

These laws often contain extremely broad prohibitions on speech that may or may not be in the teacher's control. That is, they not only ban the teaching of certain concepts but also the discussion of these concepts, whether initiated by the teacher or by a student. So, the teacher is faced not only with controlling her teaching content, but also with controlling the speech of her students.

As these laws become broader, there is concern that they will be used to attack anything that the complaining party does not like. If any resident may be a complaining party, the potential for misuse of these laws becomes apparent.

Loss of Teaching License under Anti-CRT Laws

Many of the pending Anti-CRT laws nationwide contain a provision allowing for the loss of teaching credentials for violations. Teachers accused of violating a concept ban need a strong advocate on their side to protect their teaching credentials and their reputations.

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