"Dignity For All Students" Act Sent to Study

Posted by Bianca Phillips on Wed, Mar 26, 2014 at 3:43 PM

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A bill that has been dubbed the "Dignity for All Students" Act by the Tennessee Equality Project (TEP) was amended this week to become part of a bullying study to be conducted by the Tennessee Commission on Children and Youth and the Tennessee Department of Education.

The act, HB927, was an anti-bullying bill that would have included sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, etc. in its list of things children could not be bullied for in public schools.

Chris Sanders, executive director of TEP, said the bill was amended to become part of the study because it did not have the backing of the majority of the House.

Yesterday, TEP released this statement on its Facebook page:

"We would like to thank everyone who worked so hard for HB927. We will continue to work for passage of a new Dignity for All Students Act. Tennessee students deserve it, but the majority of our legislators do not yet back enumerated policies that we consider essential. So more study, more work, and more discussion is required."

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