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)

 

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

Current social studies curriculum standards in Texas promote the right-wing agenda of politicians who sat on the State Board of Education in 2010. With the state board this year set to revise those standards, a new report from the TFN Education Fund documents the problems and makes recommendations for how to get politics out of public school classrooms. Check out our press release and report. Read More

TX Ed Board Candidate Smears School Shooting Survivors

An extremist, a voucher proponent supported by far-right groups and an incumbent walk into a Texas State Board of Education race: This is your Republican field in the District 11 SBOE primary. Read More

Elections 2018: Meet Your Texas SBOE Candidates

Who's your Texas State Board of Education member? Sadly, it's a question too many Texans wouldn't be able to answer. But the board is an incredibly important body. Not only does it decide what gets taught to more than 5 million students in the state's public school classrooms, but the board also has over the years had an impact on what happens in other states, stretching the board's influence beyond Texas' borders. The board, unfortunately, has also been the source of some embarrassment. Read More

Texas Freedom Network

In often party-line votes today and Tuesday on revised social studies standards, the SBOE disregarded calls from hundreds of scholars & teachers to correct key historical distortions on topics ranging from the Civil War and civil rights to the role of religion in American history pic.twitter.com/krRv…

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