The Tennessee General Assembly is considering a bill that would allow undocumented students who have attended school in Tennessee for at least three years to pay in-state tuition at state institutes of higher education. The Senators and Representatives from Knox County will cast critical votes to pass this legislation this year.

For years, undocumented students from Knox County and across Tennessee have been leading a campaign to increase access to higher education. Behind the perseverance and bold advocacy of these brave youth, there has always been a network of educator allies who have supported, encouraged, and inspired undocumented students to follow their dreams.

The Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (TIRRC) is calling on all of Knox County's educators to voice their support for the Tuition Opportunity Bill, SB2263/HB2429.

We are asking educators from across Knox County's education system: counselors, schools, administrators, school board members, principals, university professors, university regents, and every other kind of educator to add their name to a letter that will be delivered to the Knox County delegation of the Tennessee General Assembly.

The bill is moving quickly, so please sign on by Monday, March 26, 2018. The published letter will include your first and last name, job title, city and zip code.

Thank you for standing with your students! Please reach out to Nicholas Valdes,, if you have any questions.