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
On Wednesday, the Texas House is debating bills — HB 4 and HB 5 — seeking to overhaul the state’s Child Protective Services. We understand there may be an effort to amend the bills to allow child welfare providers contracting with the state to use their religious beliefs to discriminate against LGBT families wishing to adopt or offer a foster home to a child in need.
Please call your state Representative (in reference to HB 4 and HB 5) and tell them to vote AGAINST any amendments promoting “liability protection” that permit discrimination against LGBT Texans.Keep language permitting discrimination out of these critical child welfare bills Agencies that receive taxpayer dollars should not be able to refuse to serve LGBT families that want to help children Allowing a state contractor to discriminate based on religious beliefs puts the interest of the contractor above the interests of the child Submit your address below to find contact info for your state rep StateAKALARAZCACOCTDCDEFLGAHIIAIDILINKSKYLAMAMDMEMIMNMOMSMTNCNDNENHNJNMNVNYOHOKORPARISCSDTNTXUTVAVTWAWIWVWYASFMGUMHMPPRPWVIAAAEAPABBCMBNBNLNSNTNUONPEQCSKYTNone
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It has come to our attention that there is an effort to amend legislation pertaining to CPS reform with language… Read More
State lawmakers are advancing three anti-abortion bills pending at the Texas Legislature. According to medical experts, these bills do nothing to make women safer, and if passed, would actually harm Texas women.
A suggested script to use when you call has been provided below.
Hi, my name is (your name) and my zip code is (zip code). I’m calling to ask (Senator name) to vote NO on SB 8, 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 doctors she trusts. According to medical experts, these bills do nothing to make women safer, and if passed, would harm Texas women.… Read More
March 2 will be a historic day in the fight to ensure that Texans have full access to abortion care as protected by Roe v. Wade in 1973. The U.S. Supreme Court will hear arguments in Whole Woman’s Health v. Hellerstedt, the challenge to an extreme anti-abortion law in Texas, 2013’s House Bill 2, that could determine whether the Lone Star State turns the clock back to the pre-Roe days.
We’ve been lifting up the voices of affected Texans as we traveled across the state with the Truth Tour. Now it’s time for us to stand with the rest of the country and join in solidarity and support for access to abortion and other reproductive health care services.
The event details are below: What: Stand in support of abortion access at our joint press conference, and watch a live-stream of the rally and speakers outside the Supreme Court building in Washington. When: 9:30 a.m. – noon, Wednesday, March 2. Where: University of Texas at Austin, Texas Union Building – Quadrangle Room 3.304.
The press conference will tell the Texas story of the fight for abortion access from the Supreme Court’s Roe decision in 1973 to… Read More