Available Resources for New TN State Law:
The Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement has available resources needed to meet the requirements of the new legislation (TCA, Section 49-6-1028). Project Citizen meets the requirement and is correlated to core academic subjects. Professional development opportunities are available.
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Dunlap, Tennessee 37327
Tennessee Center for Civic Learning and Engagement
Legislation implementing a new emphasis on civics education in Tennessee was among bills signed into law by Governor Bill Haslam this week as the state prepares to observe the Memorial Day weekend. Senate Bill 2066, sponsored by Senate Majority Leader Mark Norris (R-Collierville), aims to give students the skills they need to be better informed about the workings of their own government by requiring civics education be included in the public school curriculum assessed by Local Educational Agencies (LEAs).
School Law Expert Writes New Book on Teen Legal Rights
The Newseum Institute’s First Amendment Ombudsman, David L. Hudson Jr., has authored a new book titled Teen Legal Rights (Greenwood Press, 3d. edition). http://www.amazon.com/Teen-Legal-Rights-David-Hudson/dp/1610696999
While the book discusses a gamut of issues impacting teens ranging from divorce and custody laws to the juvenile justice system, the book delves into numerous issues related to the First Amendment, including:
School dress codes
Internet speech controversies
Libel and slander
Distribution of religious materials
Sexting and Texting
The book is written in an accessible, FAQ-style format. Each one of the book’s 19 chapters includes a bibliography, related organizations, and online sources.
Hudson has authored, co-authored, or co-edited more than 40 books, including several on student rights or First Amendment issues in school, including the award-winning Let The Student Speak: A Fight for Free Expression in American Schools (Beacon Press, 2011) http://www.beacon.org/Let-the-Students-Speak-P769.aspx and the First Amendment Center’s The Silencing of Student Voices (2003).
An expert in school law, Hudson speaks to groups of teachers, school administrators, and students across the country.
To enhance the teaching of Tennessee civics, law, justice, citizenship, history, government and humanities in Tennessee K-12 schools through professional development programs for Tennessee teachers and legal resource people, and through statewide civic and law-related programs for students.
To be a dynamic community prevention partner dedicated to building safe and healthy communities through shared knowledge, skill and capacity development.