Protects Teachers Encouraging Critical Thinking on Scientific Subjects (SB 893 and HB 368)

Full Text: Senate Bill 0893  House Bill 0368
Amendments: None
Sponsor(s): Watson in the Senate; Dunn in the House


Enacts the Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Act, which as introduced, protects a teacher from discipline for teaching scientific subjects in an objective manner. – Amends TCA Title 49, Chapter 6, Part 10.


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Senate:  Substituted for the House version of this bill on 03/19/2012, as amended by the Senate.

House:  Adopted on 04/07/2011 and subsequently amended on 03/26/2012. Became law without the Governor’s signature on 4/17/2012.


This bill would make it clear that schools should create an atmosphere conducive to questioning scientific theories and that no teacher can be fired for questioning scientific theories.

  • Background on Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Act – SB 893/HB 368
  • An evaluation of 8 recent biology textbooks currently approved for use in Tennessee
  • Frequently Asked Questions about SB 893 

Video: Teacher Protection Academic Freedom Bill Passes Senate Subcommittee




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