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)

 

Warning Signs in the Texas Curriculum Standards Revision

Two big problems got the most attention at last week's State Board of Education discussion of proposed revisions to social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools: the whitewashing of slavery's role in causing the Civil War and exaggerations of the influence of religion on the American founding. Unfortunately, we saw warning signs that some state board members still aren't ready to #TeachTheTruth. Read More

The State Board of Education's revision of its politically biased curriculum standards for social studies classes in Texas public schools is moving into a new and important phase. On Tuesday (June 12) the board will hold a public hearing on proposed revisions drafted over the past several months by teams of scholars and educators. Now the focus turns to whether state board members will put political agendas aside, listen to the concerns of educators and #TeachTheTruth. Read More

The Ugly-American State Board of Education Member from Texas

On Wednesday the State Board of Education took the historic step of voting to create an elective course in Mexican American studies for Texas public schools. One board member's divisive stunt leading up to the vote served as yet another reminder why that action was a good thing. Read More

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE April 11, 2018 AUSTIN – The State Board of Education’s preliminary vote today to move forward on approving curriculum standards for a state elective course in Mexican American studies is an important step forward for Texas public school students, Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller said. Read More

Elections 2018: Here’s What Happened in the SBOE Primaries

Tuesday's Texas primary elections featured seven State Board of Education races and, in short, there were no surprises. All of the incumbents moved on to the general election in November, most of them winning easily. Even the most compelling race, the Republican primary in District 11, ended with the incumbent easily defeating two far-right candidates. Read More

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