Tennessee Republican Leader Kills Black History Education Bill

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An effort to provide more Black history instruction was killed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton
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NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – An effort to provide more Black history instruction was killed by House Speaker Cameron Sexton this week.

Sexton, a Crossville Republican, instructed the Joint House Education Committee Chairman Rep. Mark White (R-Memphis) that the bill should not move forward.

It was just days before the committee was set to meet when the Speaker notified the Chairman to pull the plug on the bill.

“For three months we’ve been trying to get information as to what we need to do, how we need to go about it and we got no response,” said Rep. Yusuf Hakeem (D-Chattanooga).

House bill 1460, written by Hakeem, a Chattanooga Democrat, requires public schools, including public charter schools to provide age and grade-appropriate instruction to students in 5th and 8th grade on Black history, culture, and experience.

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