Part 1 Preschools
Part 2 Kindergarten
Part 3 Elementary and Middle Schools Generally
Part 4 Junior and Senior High Schools Generally
Part 5 Night Schools
Part 6 Summer School
Part 7 After School Educational Programs
Part 8 Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act.
Part 9 Report Cards
Part 10 Curriculum Generally
Part 12 Junior and Senior High Schools–Curriculum
Part 13 Family Life Curriculum
Part 14 Children at Risk for Obesity
Part 16 Child Abuse or Child Sexual Abuse on School Grounds
Part 20 School Property
Part 21 Transportation
Part 22 Textbooks
Part 23 Tennessee School Nutrition Standards Act
Part 29 Tennessee Student Religious Liberty Act of 1997
Part 30 Attendance
Part 31 Assignment of Students Generally
Part 32 Challenges to Student Assignments
Part 33 Enforcement Powers of Education Department
Part 34 Suspension of Students
Part 35 Class Size Reduction
Part 40 Behavior and Discipline Codes
Part 41 School Discipline Act
Part 42 School Security Act of 1981
Part 43 Reporting Student Offenses
Part 44 Special School Districts – School Discipline
Part 50 Immunization of School Children
Part 51 Student Identification
Part 60 Proficiency Testing
Part 61 Behavioral And Emotional Disorders
Part 70 Parent Educational Participation Act
Part 80 Tennessee School Employee Religious Liberty Act of 1999

Terms Used In Tennessee Code > Title 49 > Chapter 6

  • advice and consent: Under the Constitution, presidential nominations for executive and judicial posts take effect only when confirmed by the Senate, and international treaties become effective only when the Senate approves them by a two-thirds vote.
  • affirmed: In the practice of the appellate courts, the decree or order is declared valid and will stand as rendered in the lower court.
  • Agriculture: means :

    (i) The land, buildings and machinery used in the commercial production of farm products and nursery stock. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105

  • allegation: something that someone says happened.
  • amendment: A proposal to alter the text of a pending bill or other measure by striking out some of it, by inserting new language, or both. Before an amendment becomes part of the measure, thelegislature must agree to it.
  • answer: The formal written statement by a defendant responding to a civil complaint and setting forth the grounds for defense.
  • appeal: A request made after a trial, asking another court (usually the court of appeals) to decide whether the trial was conducted properly. To make such a request is "to appeal" or "to take an appeal." One who appeals is called the appellant.
  • appellate: About appeals; an appellate court has the power to review the judgement of another lower court or tribunal.
  • appropriation: The provision of funds, through an annual appropriations act or a permanent law, for federal agencies to make payments out of the Treasury for specified purposes. The formal federal spending process consists of two sequential steps: authorization
  • arrest: Taking physical custody of a person by lawful authority.
  • assets: (1) The property comprising the estate of a deceased person, or (2) the property in a trust account.
  • Church-related school: means a school as defined in §. See
  • Code: includes the Tennessee Code and all amendments and revisions to the code and all additions and supplements to the code. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • common law: The legal system that originated in England and is now in use in the United States. It is based on judicial decisions rather than legislative action.
  • complaint: A written statement by the plaintiff stating the wrongs allegedly committed by the defendant.
  • continuance: Putting off of a hearing ot trial until a later time.
  • contract: A legal written agreement that becomes binding when signed.
  • conviction: A judgement of guilt against a criminal defendant.
  • corporation: A legal entity owned by the holders of shares of stock that have been issued, and that can own, receive, and transfer property, and carry on business in its own name.
  • County mayor: means and includes "county executive" unless the context clearly indicates otherwise. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • cross examine: Questioning of a witness by the attorney for the other side.
  • damages: Money paid by defendants to successful plaintiffs in civil cases to compensate the plaintiffs for their injuries.
  • defendant: In a civil suit, the person complained against; in a criminal case, the person accused of the crime.
  • deposition: An oral statement made before an officer authorized by law to administer oaths. Such statements are often taken to examine potential witnesses, to obtain discovery, or to be used later in trial.
  • devise: To gift property by will.
  • dismissal: The dropping of a case by the judge without further consideration or hearing. Source:
  • donor: The person who makes a gift.
  • Drug: means any controlled substance, marijuana, alcohol, legend drug or any other substance the possession or use of which is regulated in any manner by any governmental authority, including the school system. See
  • Drug paraphernalia: means all equipment, products and materials of any kind that are used, intended for use or designed for use in planting, propagating, cultivating, growing, harvesting, manufacturing, compounding, converting, producing, processing, preparing, testing, analyzing, packaging, repackaging, storing, containing, concealing, injecting, ingesting, inhaling or otherwise introducing into the human body a drug, as defined in subdivision (2). See
  • electronic textbooks: which means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, local and remote computer assisted instruction, online service, electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means. See
  • entitlement: A Federal program or provision of law that requires payments to any person or unit of government that meets the eligibility criteria established by law. Entitlements constitute a binding obligation on the part of the Federal Government, and eligible recipients have legal recourse if the obligation is not fulfilled. Social Security and veterans' compensation and pensions are examples of entitlement programs.
  • Establishment clause: means the portion of the first amendment to the United States constitution that forbids laws respecting an establishment of religion. See
  • Establishment clause: means the portion of the first amendment to the United States constitution that forbids laws respecting an establishment of religion. See
  • evidence: Information presented in testimony or in documents that is used to persuade the fact finder (judge or jury) to decide the case for one side or the other.
  • ex officio: Literally, by virtue of one's office.
  • felony: A crime carrying a penalty of more than a year in prison.
  • fiscal year: The fiscal year is the accounting period for the government. For the federal government, this begins on October 1 and ends on September 30. The fiscal year is designated by the calendar year in which it ends; for example, fiscal year 2006 begins on October 1, 2005 and ends on September 30, 2006.
  • germane: On the subject of the pending bill or other business; a strict standard of relevance.
  • gift: A voluntary transfer or conveyance of property without consideration, or for less than full and adequate consideration based on fair market value.
  • grand jury: agreement providing that a lender will delay exercising its rights (in the case of a mortgage,
  • guardian: A person legally empowered and charged with the duty of taking care of and managing the property of another person who because of age, intellect, or health, is incapable of managing his (her) own affairs.
  • Highway: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Home school: means a school as defined in §. See
  • interrogatories: Written questions asked by one party of an opposing party, who must answer them in writing under oath; a discovery device in a lawsuit.
  • jurisdiction: (1) The legal authority of a court to hear and decide a case. Concurrent jurisdiction exists when two courts have simultaneous responsibility for the same case. (2) The geographic area over which the court has authority to decide cases.
  • Lands: includes lands, tenements and hereditaments, and all rights thereto and interests therein, equitable as well as legal. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • liabilities: The aggregate of all debts and other legal obligations of a particular person or legal entity.
  • litigation: A case, controversy, or lawsuit. Participants (plaintiffs and defendants) in lawsuits are called litigants.
  • local board of education: means the board of education that manages and controls the respective local public school system. See
  • local school district: means any county school system, city school system, special school district, unified school system, metropolitan school system or any other local public school system or school district created or authorized by the general assembly. See
  • Minor: means any person who has not attained eighteen (18) years of age. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • misdemeanor: Usually a petty offense, a less serious crime than a felony, punishable by less than a year of confinement.
  • Month: means a calendar month. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Oath: includes affirmation. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • obligation: An order placed, contract awarded, service received, or similar transaction during a given period that will require payments during the same or a future period.
  • oversight: Committee review of the activities of a Federal agency or program.
  • partnership: A voluntary contract between two or more persons to pool some or all of their assets into a business, with the agreement that there will be a proportional sharing of profits and losses.
  • Person: includes a corporation, firm, company or association. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Personal property: includes money, goods, chattels, things in action, and evidences of debt. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • power of attorney: A written instrument which authorizes one person to act as another's agent or attorney. The power of attorney may be for a definite, specific act, or it may be general in nature. The terms of the written power of attorney may specify when it will expire. If not, the power of attorney usually expires when the person granting it dies. Source: OCC
  • preliminary hearing: A hearing where the judge decides whether there is enough evidence to make the defendant have a trial.
  • principal: means the administrative head of a public school, by whatever title the person may be known. See
  • Private school: means a school accredited by, or a member of, an organization or association approved by the state board of education as an organization accrediting or setting academic requirements in schools, or that has been approved by the state, or is in the future approved by the commissioner in accordance with rules promulgated by the state board of education. See
  • probation: A sentencing alternative to imprisonment in which the court releases convicted defendants under supervision as long as certain conditions are observed.
  • Property: includes both personal and real property. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Public school: means any school that:

    (A) Is operated by the state, a political subdivision of the state or governmental agency within the state. See

  • Public school: means any school operated by an LEA or by the state with public funds. See
  • Public school: means any school that:

    (A) Is operated by the state, a political subdivision of the state or governmental agency within the state. See

  • recess: A temporary interruption of the legislative business.
  • Record: means information that is inscribed on a tangible medium or that is stored in an electronic or other medium and is retrievable in a perceivable form. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • remand: When an appellate court sends a case back to a lower court for further proceedings.
  • reporter: Makes a record of court proceedings and prepares a transcript, and also publishes the court's opinions or decisions (in the courts of appeals).
  • Representative: when applied to those who represent a decedent, includes executors and administrators, unless the context implies heirs and distributees. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • restitution: The court-ordered payment of money by the defendant to the victim for damages caused by the criminal action.
  • Road: includes public bridges and may be held equivalent to the words "county way" "county road" or "state road". See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • School: means all public schools that conduct classes in any grade from kindergarten through grade twelve (K-12). See
  • School employee: means an individual employed on a full-time or part-time basis by a public school. See
  • signed: includes a mark, the name being written near the mark and witnessed, or any other symbol or methodology executed or adopted by a party with intention to authenticate a writing or record, regardless of being witnessed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • State: when applied to the different parts of the United States, includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • statute: A law passed by a legislature.
  • Student: means an individual attending a public school. See
  • Student: means any person, regardless of age, enrolled in the public school. See
  • subpoena: A command to a witness to appear and give testimony.
  • summons: Another word for subpoena used by the criminal justice system.
  • testify: Answer questions in court.
  • testimony: Evidence presented orally by witnesses during trials or before grand juries.
  • textbooks: includes "electronic textbook" or "electronic textbooks" which means computer software, interactive videodisc, magnetic media, CD-ROM, computer courseware, local and remote computer assisted instruction, online service, electronic medium or other means of conveying information to the student or otherwise contributing to the learning process through electronic means. See
  • transcript: A written, word-for-word record of what was said, either in a proceeding such as a trial or during some other conversation, as in a transcript of a hearing or oral deposition.
  • trial: A hearing that takes place when the defendant pleads "not guilty" and witnesses are required to come to court to give evidence.
  • trustee: A person or institution holding and administering property in trust.
  • United States: includes the District of Columbia and the several territories of the United States. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Visitor: means any person who is on school property, except for certificated personnel employed by the state or local board of education. See
  • weapon: means any dangerous instrument or substance that is capable of inflicting any injury on any person. See
  • written: includes printing, typewriting, engraving, lithography, and any other mode of representing words and letters. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105
  • Year: means a calendar year, unless otherwise expressed. See Tennessee Code 1-3-105