Legislators in Tennessee last week put off consideration of a measure to ban the teaching of gay issues to elementary and middle school students after fellow Republican Gov. Bill Haslam expressed concerns.
Gov. Haslam told reporters that lawmakers should be focused on other issues.
The legislation would limit all sexually related instruction to “natural human reproduction science” in kindergarten through 8th grade.
Opponents of the measure said it’s too broad and fear it would prevent teachers and others from speaking out against the bullying of gay teens.
A version of this article appeared in the February 29, 2012 edition of Education Week as Tenn. Delays Action on Gay-Issues Ban