Bill To Exclude All Flags From Classroom Settings Except For Tennessee & American Flags Will Be Heard Before House K-12 Subcommittee

Feb 6, 2024 | Political News

This week a bill that will attempt to politically neutralize classrooms in Tennessee will be heard before the House K-12 Education Subcommittee.

HB1605 carried by Representative Gino Bulso (R-D61-Brentwood) and State Senator Joey Hensley (R-D28-Hohenwald) states:  “Flags – As introduced, prohibits LEAs and public charter schools from displaying in public schools flags other than the official United States flag and the official Tennessee state flag. – Amends TCA Section 5-5-114; Section 6-54-144 and Title 49.”

The concerns were raised this past fall in Williamson County when it was brought to the attention of the parents in the district that there were LGBTQ flags hanging in some of the classrooms. 

Parents descended on Williamson County School board meetings and expressed a desire to make classrooms a neutral place where the focus can be learning, and there are no distractions that would not only divert that focus, but also initiate questions from students that parents do not want educators engaging in with their children.