NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) — A bill was passed today in the State House that is meant to help teachers and schools in Tennessee properly take care of students who have suffered traumatic events in their childhood.
Under the bill (HB0405) - passed by Representative Harold Love, Jr. - local boards of education throughout the state would create policies to help train teachers who have students who have gone through adverse childhood experiences.
Adverse childhood experiences can include physical abuse, substance abuse, or other serious issues.
"We have made tremendous investments into improving education in this state and this piece of legislation is another investment that will help students, teachers and parents," said Love. "If we can equip teachers with more information about the trauma and adverse childhood experiences that students encounter while away from school, it will benefit everyone."
The bill scheduled to go before the Senate possibly as early as next week.