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Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller today is calling on the Jefferson County District Attorney’s Office to investigate whether State Board of Education (SBOE) member David Bradley, R-Beaumont, has improperly withheld board-related emails subject to requests under the Texas open records law. Read More
Today's Texas Freedom Network press release about a new attack by creationists on the State Board of Education on the teaching of evolution: Read More
Triumphant Boasts about Increasing Budgets and Providers Belie the Facts
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Aug. 1, 2016
AUSTIN – Today the Texas Freedom Network Education Fund, as part of its Texas: State of Denial campaign (StateOfDenialTX.org), delivered almost 7,000 letters from Texans to Sen. Jane Nelson, R-Flower Mound, calling on her to stop playing politics and face the facts about the harm politicians have done to women’s health care.
The delivery comes as Nelson begins a media blitz announcing yet another update to the state’s struggling Women’s Health Program. The state has operated the program since 2013, following the Legislature’s decision to decline federal funding in order to bar Planned Parenthood.
“Senator Nelson obviously recognizes the mess the state has made of women’s health care – that’s what last week’s PR stunt is all about,” said Kathy Miller, president of the TFN Education Fund. “But the facts are unchanged: thousands of women have been denied access to birth control in Texas because of political decisions by state leaders. And until the state can show that women are getting the health care they need, this is all just smoke and mirrors.”
The TFN Education Fund launched the Texas: State… Read More
GRASSROOTS, CIVIL RIGHTS, EDUCATION GROUPS ANNOUNCE COALITION OPPOSED TO OFFENSIVE MEXICAN AMERICAN HERITAGE TEXTBOOK PROPOSED FOR TEXAS SCHOOLSShare
Textbook Reinforces Racial Stereotypes, Distorts History, Scholars Say
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 18, 2016
AUSTIN – A broad coalition of organizations from across Texas is calling on the State Board of Education (SBOE) to reject a proposed Mexican-American studies textbook that promotes offensive cultural stereotypes, distorts history and is plagued by factual errors.
“This textbook has no place in a Texas classroom, especially in a course that focuses on teaching about the contributions of Mexican Americans in our country’s history,” said Celina Moreno, representing the Texas Latino Education Coalition (TLEC), in speaking out against the Mexican American Heritage textbook from publisher Momentum Instruction. “The textbook not only insults Mexican Americans, but also African Americans and other people of color. Every parent and taxpayer should take offense that such a poorly researched and written textbook would even be considered for use in Texas public schools.”
Moreno spoke at a press conference launching the Responsible Ethnic Studies Textbook (REST) Coalition. Member organizations include education groups like TLEC, the Rio Grande Valley Coalition for Mexican American Studies, and the Mexican American School Board Members Association (MASBA). Community and civil rights groups like MALDEF, Texas LULAC, the Texas Association of Mexican American Chambers… Read More
This Victory Doesn’t End the Fight for the Dignity of Women and their Constitutional Right to Make their Own Health Care Decisions
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 27, 2016
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on today’s decision by the U.S. Supreme Court striking down key provisions of Texas’ extreme anti-abortion law:
“This decision is a huge victory for the dignity of women and their constitutional right to make their own health care decisions. But extremists from the Governor’s Office to the state Capitol are already preparing more legislative efforts to deny women their constitutional right to access safe and legal abortion care in Texas. They refused to listen to the experts who said this law was medically unnecessary and to the voices of thousands of women who came to the Capitol three years ago. But the Supreme Court listened to those voices and today honored the constitutional right of women to access abortion care no matter their zip code. This fight continues until our lawmakers trust Texas women and families to make their own decisions about their health care and their future.”
### Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and… Read More