Another TN School District Rejects Arming Teachers

Lawmakers passed a policy no one wants

Andy Spears
1 min readMay 10, 2024
Photo by Nguyen Khanh Ly on Unsplash

Aside from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and some diehard Second Amendment bros, no one seems to want schoolteachers to carry loaded guns at school.

But, a new Tennessee law allows school districts to allow teachers who receive certain training to carry guns while on duty at school.

A law educators and school administrators and many parents did not ask for.

And a law that districts are now making clear they will not participate in.

Sadly, when lawmakers had a chance to provide what districts need — more resources for teacher compensation — they rejected that plan:

It seems likely that absent changes in the legislature as the result of this year’s elections, Tennesseans will see more propaganda posing as policy in 2025.

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Andy Spears

Writer and policy advocate living in Nashville, TN —Public Policy Ph.D. — writes on education policy, consumer affairs, and more . . .