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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Eight in ten school districts in Texas – a state with one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation – either don’t teach high school students about birth control or offer no sex education at all, according to a major report released today by the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.
The report, Conspiracy of Silence: Sexuality Education in Texas Public Schools in 2015-16, reveals that the percentage of districts teaching no sex education increased from 2.3 percent in the 2007-08 school year to more than 25 percent in 2015-16. Another 58 percent of school districts took an abstinence-only approach to sex education in 2015-16, with no medically accurate instruction on condoms and other forms of birth control.
In 2009 the Texas Legislature voted to remove high school health classes, where sex education has typically taken place, as a requirement for graduation.
State policymakers are simply making it harder for students to learn life-saving information in their schools, said Kathy Miller, president of the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund.
“When it comes to sex education, Texas is failing our students and their families,” Miller said. “We have to trust young people with the… Read More
Board Members Disregard Recommendations to Remove Standards Based on Anti-Evolution Arguments Read More
State Board of Education members have again disregarded the recommendations of teachers and scholars on science curriculum standards. Politicians on the board are more interested in promoting their personal agendas than making sure Texas kids get a sound science education. Here's our press statement: Read More
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Jan. 24, 2017 Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller released the following statement today on private school voucher schemes promoted during so-called “School Choice Week.” Read More