Tennessee

Rise & Shine: ‘Parent dress code’ bill clears first legislative hurdle

Good morning on this rain-soaked Wednesday!

Tennessee's so-called "parent dress code" bill has gotten some national attention since Rep. Antonio Parkinson raised the idea of requiring school districts to develop a code of conduct for parents and other school visitors. Now state lawmakers are weighing in on his legislative proposal. The Memphis Democrat advanced his bill through a House subcommittee yesterday, but not without pushback from several of his colleagues. The measure aims to tamp down on problems that arise when parents or other visitors show up to school wearing inappropriate attire, using inappropriate language, or bringing other unwelcome behaviors on campus.

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—Marta W. Aldrich, statehouse correspondent

 

CODE OF CONDUCT  Every Tennessee school district would have to develop a code of conduct for parents and other school visitors under a bill that narrowly advances out of a House subcommittee. Chalkbeat

SCHOOL BOARD  Ten people apply to become a school board member in Memphis to fill the seat vacated by Teresa Jones. Chalkbeat

An online petition calls for the ouster or resignation of Nashville school board member Fran Bush, who has also called for the firing of the district’s director. The Tennessean

TNREADY VENDOR  Tennessee Education Commissioner Penny Schwinn says she’s not rushing the process to find a new company to administer state tests next school year, even as the state is months behind in that process. The Tennessean

RAIN DAYS  Nashville officials present a plan for how they will notify parents if schools close due to heavy rain that’s expected to last through tomorrow. The Tennessean

TEACHER PREP  Officials at the University of Tennessee-Chattanooga and Lee University weigh in on their scores on Tennessee’s recent report card for teacher prep programs. Times Free Press, Chalkbeat

WHAT’S IN A NAME?  Projected to build 17 new schools in the next decade, Williamson County approves new rules for naming its public schools. The Tennessean

REZONING  Williamson County’s school board rejects a proposed rezoning plan. The Tennessean

SUPERINTENDENT SEARCH  Sullivan County will seek public input through an online survey before sorting through resumes for the district’s next director of schools. Kingsport Times-News

KENTUCKY BILL  Kentucky lawmakers consider a proposal to hold back students who aren’t proficient in math and reading at the end of third grade. Louisville Courier-Journal

SCREEN TIME  A new study finds that screen time has more than doubled for children under 2 years old since 1997, with time spent in front of a TV as the main driver. CNN