Health TEKS · SBOE · Texas Education Code 28.004 · Texas Legislative Issues

Health TEKS Review Process

Situation: Texas State Board of Education is reviewing the Health standards, called TEKS.  The drafts all include “Sexual Risk Avoidance and Sexual Risk Reduction” as a single “substrand” under the “strand” Reproductive and Sexual Health.

Four moms testified on Wednesday, November 13, to inform the process.  After 3 minutes prepared testimony each, the Board asked the four of us to step up to the microphones for some questions.  Below are some highlights.

Prepared Testimony:

Q&A:

The workgroups will continue to work through the details of this process and a “first draft” will be reviewed by the Board at their June 2020 meeting.  Once the standards are set, then the textbook selection process will begin.

As always, the opposition (SIECUS and Texas Freedom Network) has opinions on the standards:

  • “This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change course and adopt a medically accurate sex ed curriculum that includes information on birth control and is inclusive of LGBTQ people.”
  • “Because of the state’s size, Texas has had a major influence on the national textbook market over the years. Publishers write textbooks to conform to the Texas standards and then sell those textbooks in other states as well.”

And, of course, there is a white paper to summarize their recommendations –

Texas Legislative Issues

Texas 85R HB 4138 referred to Public Education Committee

Texas 85R HB 4138 has been referred to the Public Education Committee. This bill would:
1) require school districts, trustees, and SHACs to be more accountable to the parents and citizens
– requires all SHAC members to be appointed by trustees
– requires notification of Human Sexuality Instruction on district website, not just summary, but full and fair disclosure
– requires SHAC minutes to be posted online
– requires district to inform parents if a change to Human Sexuality Instruction is being proposed
– allows grievance to be filed with regards to all of the section not just a subsection; and
2) close a loophole that prevents condom distribution only during instruction and expanded the prohibition to all contraception.

The Texas Freedom Network is “Monitoring” this bill noting that it ‘would require notices to parents any time a change is made to a district’s sex education instruction.”
http://tfn.org/resources/legislative-watch/

You can read the text here:
http://www.legis.state.tx.us/…/8…/billtext/html/HB04138I.htm

Contact Representatives in the House Education Committee to ask for a Hearing and for their support –
Dan.Huberty@house.state.tx.us, Diego.Bernal@house.texas.gov, Alma.Allen@house.texas.gov, Joe.Deshotel@house.texas.gov, Harold.Dutton@house.texas.gov, Lance.Gooden@house.texas.gov, Dwayne.Bohac@house.texas.gov, Ken.King@house.texas.gov, Linda.Koop@house.texas.gov, Morgan.Meyer@house.texas.gov, Gary.VanDeaver@house.texas.gov

Texas Legislative Issues

Texas 85R HB 218 Introduced

Thank you, Representative Tony Dale for proposing a bill that would tackle the problem with inappropriate student/teacher relationships in Texas schools! Contact Representative Dale to thank him and ask your Representative to support HB 218.

Email: Tony.Dale@house.state.tx.us

http://www.legis.state.tx.us/…/8…/billtext/html/HB00218I.htm