NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - Tennessee school districts would no longer have to engage in negotiations with teachers' unions under a bill advancing in the Senate.
The measure sponsored by Republican Sen. Jack Johnson of Brentwood is headed for a full Senate vote after passing the Senate Education Committee 6-3 along party lines on Wednesday.
Johnson says collective bargaining actually stifles teacher input. He says with education reforms proposed across the state and nation, "it is more important than ever that all teachers have a seat at the table" and not be filtered by a union.
Hundreds of teachers came to the Legislative Plaza across the street from the Capitol to oppose the legislation.
Tennessee Education Association lobbyist Jerry Winters testified before the committee that the legislation would create "chaos." He says "people need a collective voice to express their concern."