FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 29, 2017
Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the follow statement on the end of the Texas legislative session today:
“When it comes to civil liberties and basic human rights, the Legislature gave Texas a big black eye this session. It’s disheartening that our lawmakers spent so much time trying to dictate which bathrooms people can use, justify discrimination against people because of who they are, and keep women from deciding for themselves whether and when to have children. Too many lawmakers in this state think their primary job is to play culture warrior and please their political base rather than work to solve the real challenges facing Texas families.”
The Texas Freedom Network is a nonpartisan, grassroots organization of religious and community leaders who support religious freedom, individual liberties and public education.… Read More
TFN PRESIDENT: STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION MEMBERS WILL USE THIS BILL TO RETURN TEXAS TO THE WORST YEARS OF THE TEXTBOOK WARS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE May 28, 2017
AUSTIN – Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is warning that today’s passage of SB801 by the House and Senate threatens to return Texas to the worst years of textbook censorship by the State Board of Education.
SB801 allows the state board to determine whether content in textbooks under consideration for use in Texas public schools is “suitable for the subject and grade level.” Current state board member and former chair Barbara Cargill, R–The Woodlands, has already made clear she and her colleagues will use that provision to reject textbook content they don’t like.
Prior to 1995, state board members sometimes demanded hundreds of changes to textbook content they didn’t like, often for personal or political reasons rather than factual accuracy. If publishers didn’t make the changes, the state board could reject their textbooks for use in Texas public schools. But in 1995 the Legislature finally reined in this authority, requiring that the board approve any textbook that conforms to the state’s curriculum standards and is free… Read More
Lt. Governor’s Phony Justification Is Just Fear-Mongering FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller has the following statement on the announcement today by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and state Sen. Lois Kolkhorst, R-Brenham, of their Senate Bill 6, which would bar transgender people from using public restrooms consistent with their gender identity. Miller pointed out that the name of the bill, the so-called “Privacy Act,” itself is misleading because its supporters still cannot point to a single instance in which someone’s privacy or safety was endangered by transgender people using public restrooms. Miller went on:…… Read More
The State Board of Education's war on evolution in Texas public schools is in the news again. Now the Houston Chronicle, Fort Worth Star-Telegram and other newspaper around the state are publishing this new column from Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller. Here is the full version:…… Read More