On October 9, 2015, — Yesterday afternoon, Tennessee State Representative
Sheila Keckler Butt filed HB1418, which mandates disestablishment in the public schools of Tennessee.
. . . my bill will mandate that religious studies not be taught before grades 10-12. . . . My bill also mandates that only a study of comparative religion, as it relates to history or geography, may be taught but that no religion shall be emphasized or focused on over another religion.
Finally, if the curriculum standards in grades prior to grades ten through twelve include a reference to a specific religion or the role and importance of a religion in history or geography, then the state board shall ensure that the reference does not amount to teaching any form of religious doctrine to the students.