Education

With a public school enrollment of more than 5 million, Texas has an increasingly diverse public education system. Unfortunately, that public education system is also the target of politicians seeking to privatize our neighborhood public schools and push a culture-war agenda in the classroom.

To that end, the Texas Freedom Network – while continuing to fight private school voucher legislation at the Capitol – has conducted groundbreaking research into what is being taught in classrooms on subjects like sex education and religion.

Resources

Broken Promises: Charter Schools in Texas (2000 report)

Broken Promises II (2001 report)

 

The State Board of Education: Dragging Texas Schools into the Culture Wars (2008 report)

 

Just Say Don’t Know: Sex Education in Texas Public Schools (2009 report)

Sex Education in Public Schools: Progress in the Lone Star State (2011 report)

Reading Writing & Religion: Teaching the Bible in Texas Public Schools (2006 report)

Reading, Writing & Religion II (2013 report)

Can This Class Be Saved? The ‘Hobby Lobby’ Public School Bible Curriculum (2014 report)

 

In what seems like a never-ending battle in Texas, creationists are once again trying to make a mess of the science curriculum standards for the state's public schools. And once again, the Texas Freedom Network is organizing science education advocates to fight back. Read More

The often deeply divided Texas State Board of Education just voted unanimously -- 14-0 -- to reject the controversial and error-plagued Mexican American Heritage textbook. (Board member David Bradley, R-Beaumont, was absent.) The board must vote again on Friday, but it would be very surprising if the board reverses today's decision.

It’s ironic that Cynthia Dunbar, whose company published the textbook, has succeeded in uniting a board she helped make a deeply divisive and dysfunctional mess when she served on it during a controversial four-year term that ended in 2010. But it’s clear that board members listened closely to scholars who documented hundreds of errors in a textbook they said portrayed Mexican-Americans as a threat to American society and values. Read More

by Dan Quinn

Today the State Board of Education heard public testimony about the error-plagued, deeply offensive Mexican American Heritage textbook proposed for Texas public schools. Tuesday morning the Texas Freedom Network helped organize a press conference featuring widely respected scholars and community advocates who called on the state board to #RejectTheText. Here's the press release we sent out on behalf of the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook Coalition: Read More

The Texas Freedom Network is pleased to endorse the following candidates for the State Board of Education 2016 general election.*

SBOE District 5 Rebecca Bell-Metereau (D) voterebecca.com

 

SBOE District 6 R. Dakota Carter (D) dakotafortx.com

 

SBOE District 9 Amanda Rudolph (D) amandarudolph.net

 

SBOE District 10 Judy Jennings (D) judyjennings.com

 

These candidates are involved in tight election contests. Your support can make a critical difference in helping elect leaders who support our mainstream values. Here’s what you can do next:… Read More

// The Texas Freedom Network has assembled a nonpartisan voter guide to inform citizens about the positions of candidates for the State Board of Education.

All information reported here was provided directly by each candidate or campaign in response to a questionnaire. 

The guide is divided into two categories: the state board’s authority and process, and education issues that have or may come before the board. Click on one of the categories below to see where candidates stand on that issue. (We have included responses only from candidates who completed the questionnaire.)

*Denotes incumbent

State Board of Education Authority and Process

Question: Teachers and academic scholars should have primary responsibility for writing curriculum standards and textbook requirements for Texas public schools.… Read More

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