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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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19 09, 2022

Parents and Community Members Urge Tennessee Court to End Voucher Program

2022-09-19T13:30:44-05:00 September 19th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A panel of judges for the Davidson County Chancery Court heard arguments in two consolidated cases challenging the constitutionality of Tennessee’s private school voucher law, which the state began implementing in August.

5 08, 2022

Court Allows Voucher Program to Continue While Lawsuit Proceeds

2022-08-05T17:37:45-05:00 August 5th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

A three-judge chancery court panel denied Shelby and Davidson county parents’ and community members’ request to block implementation of the state’s voucher program while their litigation continues.

25 07, 2022

Parents and Community Members Urge Tennessee Court to Stop Rushed Voucher Rollout

2022-07-25T14:22:43-05:00 July 25th, 2022|Categories: General News, Press Releases|

The plaintiffs in McEwen v. Lee, a pending 2020 lawsuit filed by Shelby and Davidson County residents that challenges the constitutionality of Tennessee’s Education Savings Account (ESA) voucher law, filed an urgent motion Friday asking the Davidson County Chancery Court to block the state from rolling out vouchers for the 2022-2023 school year.

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.