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TN History for Kids Offering New Booklets for Schools

By Travis Lollar, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — For years, Tennessee history buff Bill Carey has been concerned about the lack of state history in the schools. Now he is seizing what he thinks is the best opportunity in decades to reverse that trend.
Carey is taking advantage of the state’s adoption of the Common Core standards that require English and reading teachers to make use of more nonfiction.
His nonprofit, Tennessee History for Kids, has created two booklets for use in those classes. One is for elementary and middle school children and is composed mostly of historical essays written by Carey with titles like “David Crockett loses his pants.”
“That’s the first one my kids wanted to read,” said Teresa Calhoun, who recently purchased a set of the booklets for her classroom. The fourth grade teacher at Indian Springs Elementary School in Kingsport said the booklets use stories to tell history.
“That makes it fun and interesting,” she said. It’s not like a regular textbook.”

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Abstinence-based Sex Education Bill Clears Senate

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A measure that would require “family life education” curricula taught in schools to be abstinence-centered has passed the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Franklin was approved 28-1 on Thursday. The companion bill is awaiting a vote in the House Education Committee.
The legislation has become an alternative to a proposal that seeks to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students.
Johnson’s legislation would allow the teaching of safe sex, but the curriculum would have to be “abstinence-centered,” emphasizing that abstinence is withholding from “any kind of sexual contact.”
Sen. Beverly Marrero cast the only dissenting vote. The Memphis Democrat called the proposal intrusive and said the issue should be “left to parents and school boards.”
Sponsors of the proposal say it’s also a tool to address the state’s high teen pregnancy rate.

‘Don’t Say Gay’ Gets Another Long Delay

By Lucas Johnson, Associated Press
NASHVILLE, Tenn. — The House sponsor of a proposal to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students delayed the measure on Tuesday to allow lawmakers to consider a more comprehensive bill.
The legislation, known as the “Don’t Say Gay” bill, was up in the House Education Committee. It seeks to limit all sexually related instruction to “natural human reproduction science” in kindergarten through eighth grade.
Republican Rep. Joey Hensley of Hohenwald acknowledged there are problems with the measure and once again delayed it so lawmakers can review another proposal (HB3621) that would place restrictions on “family life education” curricula taught in schools.
(Inserted Note: ‘Don’t Say Gay’ was rolled to the last calendar of the Education Committee, often a signal that a bill is all but dead. HB3621, in fact, repeals the section of current state law that would be only amended by DSG. And HB3621, which emphasizes abstinence in sex education, does not mention the word homosexual.)
Under that proposal, a family life education curriculum would “encourage students to communicate with a parent, guardian, or other trusted adult about sex or other risk behaviors.”
A parent or guardian can file a complaint with the director of schools if there’s speculation that “a teacher, instructor, or representative of an organization has not complied with the requirements of this bill,” according to the legislation.

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