Bill to allow governor to order schools to reopen passes Tennessee Senate

The Tennessee Senate approved legislation Monday evening that would allow Gov. Bill Lee to order schools to offer in-person learning.

Senate Bill 103, by Germantown Republican Sen. Brain Kelsey and Collierville Republican Rep. Kevin Vaughan, would authorize the governor to issue an executive order requiring all schools statewide to offer in-person learning.

Kelsey proposed the bill in response to outcry from Shelby County parents and students as schools had remained closed for nearly a year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Senate approved the bill Monday in a party-line vote, 27-5.
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