NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Barring bad weather, Metro police estimate 5,000 people may take part in two competing rallies Saturday on Tennessee's Capitol Hill.
The Tennessee Education Association hopes for 4,000 protestors to march at noon from Bicentennial Mall to Legislative Plaza.
An hour earlier, the Tennessee Tea Party believes they could have 1,000 people at a rally on the east side of the capitol building.
The TEA, which counts more than half of state's teachers as members, is fighting a Republican-backed bill that would take away its exclusive collective bargaining rights with most of the state's school districts.
The Tennessee Tea Party backs the bill which supporters say would give parents more of a voice in their children's education.
Metro Police Central Precinct Cmdr. Jason Reinbold said at least 100 police and Tennessee Highway Patrol will provide security for the two groups who will be separated by Charlotte Avenue.
- Feb. 23, 2011: Teachers show opposition to bills on Capitol Hill
- Feb. 21, 2011: Another bill draws opposition from teachers' union
- Feb. 16, 2011: Bill targets teacher collective bargaining rights