Late last week, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick’s pet voucher scheme was voted out of the Senate Education Committee. The bill, Senate Bill 3, would create “Education Savings Accounts” and “Tax Credit Scholarships,” which are just other names for voucher schemes. In other words, this is two voucher bills in one.
But here’s the good news — Patrick is having trouble getting the necessary votes to bring his bill to the Senate floor.
The vote is very close on this one. So we need you to call your Senator TODAY and tell them to stand against all efforts to bring SB 3 to the Senate floor.
Vouchers would strip precious funds from our neighborhood schools. Let’s stop SB 3 in its tracks!… Read More
The Texas Senate is considering numerous bills designed to further restrict access to abortion care. Two of those bills are up for a vote by the full Senate in the coming days.
Here, in brief, is what each bill is about:SB 258: Would require the burial or cremation of fetal tissue from an abortion. SB 415: This bill would ban the safest and most common abortion method in the second trimester.
We urge you to call your state senators and tell them to oppose these abortion restrictions. A suggested message from the Trust.Respect.Access. coalition, of which TFN is a part of, can be found below.Submit your address below to find contact info for your state senator StateAKALARAZCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIAIDILINKSKYLAMAMDMEMIMNMOMSMTNCNDNENHNJNMNVNYOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVAVTWAWIWVWYASFMGUMHMPPRPWVIAAAEAPABBCMBNBNLNSNTNUONPEQCSKYTNone
Required Message for senators
Hi, my name is ___________ and my zip code is __________. I’m calling to ask my senator vote NO on SB 258, and SB 415 and stop interfering in decisions that don’t belong to politicians. A woman must be able to make her own decisions with the advice of the doctos she trusts.
According to medical experts, these bills do nothing to make women safer, and if… Read More
The public comment submission period for proposed science standards is now open and will close on April 18. Texas science advocates can weigh-in with the State Board of Education by following the instructions below.
How-To Guide:Click here to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of your email should be: “Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapters A-C” In the body of your email: Reference the proposed standards: “I am writing to express my opinion on the Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapters A-C”. Include your comment for the board regarding the proposed standards. (See our suggested messages for the board or read the full draft standards below.) Identify yourself and any relevant affiliations (parent, teacher, scientist, etc.). Include your full name and city in your signature. Hit send!
Suggested Talking PointsRespect the recommendations of scientists and teachers who worked on the board’s curriculum review teams. Biology standards should include a robust discussion of evolution that is free from discredited anti-evolution arguments. Science classroom should teach the current scientific consensus, not political agendas.
At the State Board of Education hearing in January 2017, educators appointed by the SBOE to revise… Read More
The avalanche of anti-LGBT discrimination bills has begun to move in the Texas Legislature. The Senate State Affairs Committee has set a hearing at 8 a.m., Tuesday, March 7, for Senate Bill 6, a bill that specifically targets transgender Texans for discrimination. Here's everything you need to know to prepare for the hearing. For SB6 hearing updates, text "SB6" to 97779. Read More