- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

KNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) - A group of student and teacher organizations at the University of Tennessee are protesting on campus against what they feel are attacks on the school coming from the governor and the state legislature.

The Knoxville News Sentinel (https://tinyurl.com/zo3u4pd ) reports the groups are rallying against a number of bills being filed by the General Assembly that target the school. They’re also protesting Gov. Bill Haslam’s plans to move forward with a plan to privatize the management and maintenance of state-owned buildings, including those on the UT campus.

The school’s Office of Diversity and Inclusion has drawn scorn from a number of Republican state lawmakers for suggesting the use of gender-neutral pronouns and recommending avoiding religious celebrations during the holiday season. A bill introduced would ban state funds used for the office.

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Information from: Knoxville News Sentinel, https://www.knoxnews.com

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