Austin ISD · General · Social Emotional Learning · SOGI

20170404 – Open Records Request to Austin ISD regarding Welcoming Schools

On April 4, 2017, an open records request was sent to Austin ISD seeking documentation on the Welcoming Schools program.  Welcoming Schools is a program implemented in Austin ISD Elementary Schools.  Texas Education Code 28.004 requires school districts to notify parents of Human Sexuality Instruction.  However, the Welcoming Schools program is implemented as an anti-bullying program and did not go through the process outlined in Texas Education Code 28.004.

After receiving a cost estimate of $635 and the copy of a letter to the Texas Attorney General’s office, the request was modified to “teacher modules” and the following document was received.  During the wait period, a letter was also received from the Human Rights Campaign objecting to the open records request.

Parents should ask for transparency from their school districts.  You can get on your districts School Health Advisory Council and work with the district to review and recommend social emotional learning, counseling, and guidance programs including anti-bullying.  School Districts that implement any program that defines sex and sexuality terms outside of the SHAC recommended, Trustee approved program for Human Sexuality Instruction are violating Texas Education Code 28.004.  If parents are not notified, then the school district is violating Texas Education Code 28.004.  Get informed and be involved!

Email Exchange with Austin ISD –


  • 4/4 – Submitted Open Records Request to Austin ISD – “Welcoming Schools. Please provide all Welcoming Schools communication and documentation including but not limited to the approval process, execution, events, announcements, pledges, petitions, teacher instructions, parental notification, calendar postings, emails to/from/between District employees and Trustees, and promotional materials including but not limited to images of stickers, t-shirts, posters, flyers, and cards.”
  • 4/12 – Received reply from Austin ISD saying that they don’t have Welcoming Schools
  • 4/12 – Submitted examples of Welcoming Schools in Austin ISD
  • 4/25 – Received cost estimate for $635 to respond to the request
  • 4/26 – Received a copy of the AG letter from Austin ISD –
  • 5/9 – Submitted a modified request for teacher modules to Austin ISD – “Please provide the teacher modules for the Welcoming Schools program.”
  • 5/10 – Received 22 page document from HRC –
  • 5/12 – Requested confirmation from Austin ISD that request was being processed; Received confirmation from Austin ISD
  • 5/15 – Received 116 page response from Austin ISD –
Social Emotional Learning

Leader in Me

Check your school district for “Leader in Me” classes and programs. They are usually through the counseling, mental health, and social-emotional learning departments. This Florida school student was given a survey as a part of a “Leader in Me” activity that included the following statements:
“A friend invites you to go to a gay bar.”
“You go to the gay bar and a person of the same sex invites you to dance.”
“You discover that the cute young man/woman that you are attracted to is actually a woman/man.”
“You discover your teenage brother kissing a male friend.”
“Your two next door neighbors in your hall are lesbian/gay.”
“Your mother ‘comes out’ to you.”…/a-friend-invites-you-to-go-to-a-…/

Social Emotional Learning · SOGI

April 1 – Mass Resistance TX Event in Austin

MARK YOUR CALENDAR – What is the Human Rights Campaign doing in the Austin ISD?

“MassResistance TX presents “Stand for the Sanctity and Health of the Family: Action and Education Meeting” on Saturday, April 1, 2017 at Oak Meadow Baptist Church, 6905 S. IH 35 Frontage Rd., Austin, TX 78744, from 2:00 – 5:30 p.m. Admission is free.

A panel of experts and activists will arm citizens with tools to fight back against several topics including: school curriculum that is not appropriate for young children; transgender policies in schools including transgender bathroom access; and efforts to make Texans believe the gay marriage issue is lost for good.”…/what-human-rights-campaig…

Round Rock ISD · Social Emotional Learning

Round Rock ISD Mental Health Committee programs

School Health Advisory Councils (SHACs) can have multiple committees. The Round Rock ISD SHAC has a Mental Health committee that works with the district to understand and review Counseling, Guidance, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs.

According to a presentation from the May 14, 2013 SHAC meeting, the District counseling programs included:
* Trevor Romain
* Why Try
* Second Steps
* Covey
* Leader in Me
* Lighthouse
* Child Lures
* Love and Logic

Parents should ask districts what Counseling, Guidance, and Social Emotional Learning (SEL) programs are being used in the classrooms and in what grades. It is also important to know who is teaching the programs in the schools. Will they teach values in opposition to your families values?…/0B2y3YTH_krHlSkZpbEdfeGRkd…/view…