We knew school counselors would be majorly impacted by legislation this session, but we didn’t know it would be in this way. In an effort to further establish TN as a sovereign state that only adheres to standards created here in TN, a handful of Senators wrote legislation so that the Tennessee Department of Education would be:
- prohibited from adopting standards and competencies of Social and Emotional Learning
- Prohibited from providing instruction toward Social and Emotional Learning
So where would that leave School Counselors? How will that impact Special Education for diagnoses including Autism or Anxiety? Many of the Senators spearheading the bill live in rural counties where resources outside of schools are scarce, so where will those students and children receive the Social and Emotional Learning support they need in order to be successful in school?
Click here to find your Senator. Call today and tell them these are your concerns.
“I’m a Professional School Counselor in your district and this bill will hurt my students.”
Senator Dolores Gresham, District 26 (Chester, Decatur, Fayette, Hardeman, Hardin, Haywood, McNairy, and Henderson Counties)
Senator Mae Beavers, District 17 (Cannon, Clay, DeKalb, Macon, Smith, and Wilson Counties)
Senator Rusty Crowe, District 3 (Washington, Unicoi and Carter Counties)
Senator Mike Bell, District 9 (Bradley, McMinn, Meigs, Monroe and Polk Counties)
Senator Kerry Roberts, District 25 (Cheatham, Dickson, Hickman, Humphreys, and Robertson Counties)
Senator Jim Tracy, District 14 (Bedford, Lincoln, Marshall, Moore and parts of Rutherford Counties)