education Legislation


education Legislation

Public Chapter 537

As enacted, requires that the location of a charter school be within the jurisdictional boundaries of the authorizing LEA; requires a charter school to seek a delay in opening if the charter school has not secured a physical location 60 days prior to the opening of the charter school.  Effective for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Public Chapter 552

As enacted, requires local education agencies to use at least one alternative growth model that has been approved by the board of education for evaluation of teachers in non-tested grades and subjects; requires the department of education to develop alternative student growth models for grade levels and subjects that do not have growth models.  Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 553

As enacted, requires that each student in grades K-8 be given an individual Scholars Summer Guide prior to the last day of the school year.  Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 557

As enacted, prohibits alterations to a student's transcript unless the LEA, charter school, or virtual school has a written policy governing transcript alterations; prohibits an LEA from retaliating against an employee who brings unauthorized transcript alterations to the attention of school officials; provides penalty for violation. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 573

As enacted, exempts certain supervisors, principals, and public school teachers from having to take an assessment to advance or renew a teaching license under certain circumstances.  Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 609

As enacted, requires that instruction on the detection, intervention, prevention, and treatment of child sexual abuse be provided as part of a family life curriculum; provides immunity from a cause of action for such instruction provided by teachers employed by the LEA and certain other instructors in certain circumstances. Effective for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Public Chapter 625

As enacted, extends homebound instruction to all students, instead of only pregnant students, who have a medical condition that prevents the student from attending regular classes. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 640

As enacted, enacts the "National Motto in the Classroom Act," which requires each local education agency to display the national motto, "In God We Trust," in a prominent location in each school. Effective for the 2018-19 school year.

Public Chapter 669

As enacted, allows any LEA, rather than just the Metropolitan Nashville public school system, using the career academy or small learning community model to extend career and technical education (CTE) class sizes in grades nine through 12; allows an LEA to seek a waiver from the commissioner of education to extend the CTE class size average in grades nine through 12. Effective for the 2018 - 2019 school year.

Public Chapter 698

As enacted, changes the time period a local board of education has to deny or approve a sponsor's amended application from 30 days to 60 days; changes the time period in which the amended application will be deemed approved if the local board of education fails to deny or approve the amended application from 30 days to 60 days. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 767

As enacted, revises provisions governing special education and special education services associations. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 777

As enacted, requires LEAs to report certain information to the department of education regarding use of corporal punishment. Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 810

As enacted, requires LEAs to allocate funding to educational facilities providing educational instructional services to students who are admitted to such facilities under order of a juvenile court. Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 817

As enacted, revises provisions governing the percentage of student achievement test scores comprising a student's final grade in certain subjects; revises provisions governing situations where certain test scores are not received at least five instructional days before the end of a course. Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 881

s enacted, establishes requirements to apply in situations where an assessment is misadministered by fault of the assessment provider; establishes other provisions in regard to required assessments and use of data. Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 900

As enacted, prohibits the use of corporal punishment against a student with a disability who has an IEP or a Section 504 plan, with certain exceptions. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 907

As enacted, revises provisions governing the use of leave by state employees. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 910

As enacted, requires LEAs to provide written notice to a student's parents or legal guardians before the student participates in any mental health screening. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 920

As enacted, changes the manner for which LEAs using the uniform grading system for lottery scholarship purposes, but another grading system based on quality points for other purposes, must award additional quality points for honors and other advanced courses. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 935

As enacted, requires a director of schools, director of public charter school, or director of a nonpublic school who learns of the conviction of a licensed educator employed by the LEA for certain offenses to report the conviction to the state board; authorizes the state board to reprimand such a director for failure to report; enacts other related provisions. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 937

As enacted, revises the teacher code of ethics; requires annual professional development for teachers on the teacher code of ethics; requires teacher preparation programs to include training for all students on the teacher code of ethics. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 938

As enacted, prohibits LEAs from entering into a non-disclosure agreement during, or as a prerequisite to, settlement for any act of sexual misconduct; prohibits employees from assisting others in obtaining employment if the employee knows that the person has engaged in sexual misconduct involving a minor or student. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 958

As enacted, revises and updates law regarding school attendance and truancy and discipline. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 991

As enacted, creates a liability framework for an employer that accepts or employs a student who is participating in work-based learning coordinated through the student's LEA or a state institution of higher education, including, but not limited to, Tennessee colleges of applied technology; establishes a qualified work-based learning student grant program. Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 1006

As enacted, revises provisions governing background checks for teachers and other positions requiring proximity to children; requires participation in rap back program; enacts other related provisions. Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 1008

As enacted, enacts the "School Safety Act of 2018". Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 1020

As enacted, creates the "Homeless Student Stability and Opportunity Gap Act." Effective July 1, 2018.

Public Chapter 1026

As enacted, provides that no adverse action may be taken against any student, teacher, school, or LEA based, in whole or in part, on student achievement data generated from the 2017 - 2018 TNReady assessments. Effective immediately.

Public Chapter 1028

As enacted, requires all public high schools to place automated external defibrillator (AED) devices in schools; encourages public middle and elementary schools and private schools to place AED devices in schools. Effective July 1, 2018.

This list represents legislation passed through the 110th General Assembly. To learn more, visit the Tennessee General Assembly website