As expected following Wednesday's preliminary vote, the Texas State Board of Education today chose not to adopt a proposed Mexican American studies (MAS) textbook that the author and publisher had rushed forward to meet a deadline scholars had warned was too tight. Now, after failing to get more than a single textbook submission for adoption in each of the last two years, it's past time for the board to do what scholars and advocates asked in 2014: create real curriculum standards for a MAS course and then issue a new call for publishers to submit instructional materials. Read More
The public comment submission period for proposed science standards is now open and will close on April 18. Texas science advocates can weigh-in with the State Board of Education by following the instructions below.
How-To Guide:Click here to send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. The subject of your email should be: “Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapters A-C” In the body of your email: Reference the proposed standards: “I am writing to express my opinion on the Proposed Amendments to 19 TAC Chapter 112, Subchapters A-C”. Include your comment for the board regarding the proposed standards. (See our suggested messages for the board or read the full draft standards below.) Identify yourself and any relevant affiliations (parent, teacher, scientist, etc.). Include your full name and city in your signature. Hit send!
Suggested Talking PointsRespect the recommendations of scientists and teachers who worked on the board’s curriculum review teams. Biology standards should include a robust discussion of evolution that is free from discredited anti-evolution arguments. Science classroom should teach the current scientific consensus, not political agendas.
At the State Board of Education hearing in January 2017, educators appointed by the SBOE to revise… Read More