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The Constitution doesn’t place age requirements on our freedoms. ACLU-TN works to ensure that every student has the equal opportunity to attend nurturing and safe schools that provide high quality education free from discrimination. Highlights of our youth rights work include defending students’ free speech and privacy rights, preserving students’ religious freedom, protecting LGBT youth from harassment and bullying, and working to dismantle the school-to-prison pipeline.

We also offer a robust youth engagement program, including internships, students’ rights conferences and more.

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18 05, 2022

Legal Organizations’ Statement on Tennessee Supreme Court’s Voucher Law Decision

2022-05-18T16:14:27-05:00 May 18th, 2022|Categories: Press Releases|

We and our partners will continue to challenge the state's voucher law, despite a Tennessee Supreme Court ruling that the law does not violate the Home Rule provision of the Tennessee Constitution.

13 05, 2022

May 18: Know Your Rights: What You Need to Know about Tennessee’s latest Censorship Bills

2022-05-16T12:44:59-05:00 May 13th, 2022|Categories: Events, General News|

Join the Tennessee Coalition for Truth in Our Classrooms on Wednesday, May 18, from 4-5 p.m. CDT to discuss the anti-truth/censorship bills that passed this legislative session.

9 05, 2022

Frequently Asked Questions: Critical Race Theory

2022-05-18T10:24:34-05:00 May 9th, 2022|Categories: Know Your Rights, Publications|

A nationwide attempt to censor honest discussion of America’s history is underway through attempts to ban Critical Race Theory (CRT). So here we've answered frequently asked questions regarding Tennessee’s oppressive and vague critical race theory policy.

4 05, 2022

ACLU-TN Announces New Legal Director

2022-05-04T14:47:26-05:00 May 4th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

Yarbrough will lead the organization’s legal work by building ACLU-TN’s impact litigation docket to advance ACLU-TN’s strategic priorities, supervising litigation teams, collaborating with state and national partners, responding to threats against civil liberties, and more.

27 04, 2022

ACLU-TN Statement on Halt of Bill Allowing Misgendering of Transgender Students

2022-04-27T16:00:41-05:00 April 27th, 2022|Categories: Press Releases|

ACLU-TN Statement on Halt of Bill Allowing Misgendering of Transgender Students FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 27, 2022 CONTACT Lindsay Kee, 615-320-7142 NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Today the Senate Finance, Ways, and [...]

25 04, 2022

ACLU-TN on House Passage of Bill Allowing Misgendering of Transgender Students

2022-04-25T18:20:26-05:00 April 25th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

ACLU-TN's statement on a bill allowing school employees to misgender trans students passing the Tennessee House.