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2021 Press Releases

08.31.2021  Texas Freedom Network Statement on the Final Passage of Anti-Voter Senate Bill 1
06.25.2021  Texas Takes Step Forward on Teaching About Climate Change
05.31.2021  Texas GOP’s Cruel Legislative Session Stumbles to a Close
05.30.2021  Texas Freedom Network Statement on the Defeat of Senate Bill 7
05.28.2021  Censorship Bill Derailed in Texas House on Point of Order
05.26.2021  Anti-Trans Bill Halted: Texas Freedom Network Releases Statement on Senate Bill 29’s Fate in Texas Legislature
05.19.2021  Texas Governor’s Signing of SB 8’s Six-Week Abortion Ban Shows Contempt for Private Health Care Decisions
04.28.2021  Texas Rising Action Releases Statement on New Census Data Allocating Two Additional Congressional Districts to Texas
04.20.2021  Activists Move to Stop Anti-Transgender Bills in Texas Legislature
04.14.2021  TFN President Warns Against New Wave of Discriminatory Religious Exemptions Bills
04.12.2021  TFN, Clergy Call Out Cruel Texas Legislative Assault on Transgender Youth and Their Families
04.08.2021  Statewide Youth Organizing Group Gathers for First-Ever Advocacy Week
04.08.2021  Texas House Committee Advances Sweeping Voter Suppression Bill Targeting Texans of Color
04.07.2021  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Anti-Abortion Bills
04.01.2021  Republican Legislators Race Ahead on Voter Suppression Effort in Texas
03.26.2021  With SB29, Dan Patrick’s Senate Is Pushing Discrimination Yet Again
03.25.2021  TFN to Texas Lawmakers: Suppress the Virus, Not the Vote
03.19.2021 Leading Youth Mobilizing Organizations Joined by Community Leaders to Rally for Action in Aftermath of Winter Storm Devastation
03.17.2021 As Texas GOP Tries to Limit Voting, Turnout Analysis Reveals Continuing Surge of Young, More Diverse Texas Voters in November Election
03.15.2021 Misplaced Priorities: Texas Senate Committee Turns Attention from Unresolved COVID and Power Crises to Abortion Bans
03.11.2021 Comprehensive Nondiscrimination Bills Are an Important Step Toward Equality for All in Texas
02.25.2021 Failure of Leadership Left Texas Families in the Dark
01.12.2021 Texas Rising Statement on the Start of the 87th Legislature
01.12.2021   Texas Freedom Network Statement on Opening of the 87th Legislature
01.06.2021  The Road to Sedition: Ted Cruz, Ken Paxton Must Resign Now

2020 Press Releases

11.18.2020   Texas SBOE Fails Students on LGBTQ-Inclusion, Climate Change
10.27.2020  Extensive Texas Rising Action GOTV Efforts Focus Heavily on Young Voters of Color
10.08.2020  National Report Card: Texas Among the States Failing Students on Climate Change
09.11.2020  Texas State Board of Education Rejects Teaching Students About Respect for LGBT People
09.08.2020  Advocates Call on Texas State Board of Education to Address Sex Education, Climate Change in New Curriculum Standards
09.01.2020   Kathy Miller to Step Down After 16 Years as Texas Freedom Network President
08.20.2020  Texas Rising Launches Big Campaign to Turn Out Progressive Young Voters
07.15.2020   Lani Popp’s Victory in GOP Runoff for Texas SBOE Seat Isn’t a Win for Texas Kids
06.29.2020  Public Hearing: It’s Time to Teach the Truth on Sex Education in Texas
06.29.2020  Just Texas Press Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s June Medical Services v. Russo Decision on Louisiana’s Anti-Abortion Law
06.18.2020  Texas Rising Leaders Express Relief over Supreme Court’s DACA Ruling
06.15.2020: Texas Freedom Network Statement on the U.S. Supreme Court’s Decision that Civil Rights Law Protects LGBT People from Employment Discrimination
05.19.2020: Admission about Payoffs to Roe Plaintiff Exposes More Lies Fueling the Anti-Abortion Political Machine
04.17.2020 Approval of African American Studies Course Is a Big Step Forward for Texas
03.31.2020 TFN President: Ken Paxton Cynically Embraces Guns While Barring Essential Health Care
03.31.2020 Court Order Blocking Dallas Paid Sick Ordinance Is Especially Appalling During a Pandemic
03.23.2020 Texas AG Paxton Misuses Health Crisis to Push Anti-Abortion Agenda
02.17.2020 TFN Marks 25 years as a Progressive Champion in Texas
02.11.2020 Texas Rising Action Press Release: Young RGV Activists Protest Sen. Lucio’s Record at Brownsville Office
02.06.2020   Texas Rising Action Press Release: It’s Time for the Valley to Move on from Sen. Lucio
02.04.2020   Texas Rising Action Issues First-Ever Congressional Endorsement, Backs Cisneros in District 28 Democratic Primary
01.31.2020   African American Studies Moves Closer to Adoption as State’s Second Ethnic Studies Course
01.15.2020   Texas AG Ken Paxton Wants to Block Public Employees from Making Personal Paycheck Decisions He Doesn’t Like

2019 Press Releases

12.11.2019   Faith Leaders Speak Out Against Abortion Bans
11.13.2019   It’s Time for African American Studies in Texas Public Schools
11.08.2019   Heidi Group Scam Highlights the Dangers of Playing Politics with Women’s Health Care
10.29.2019  Austin Sex Education Curriculum Will Help All Students, Regardless of Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity
10.02.2019  Joint Press Release: Faith Leaders in McAllen: ‘Bless this Clinic’
09.19.2019  State, National Orgs to Texas: Teach the Truth on Sex Education
09.05.2019  TFN Statement on Rep. Krause’s Call for a Special Session that Includes Anti-Abortion Legislation
06.26.2019  Texas Health Curriculum Standards Overhaul Veers Off Course Out of the Gate
05.20.2019   Texas House Vote for SB1978: Lawmakers Are Trying to Score Anti-LGBTQ Political Points
05.15.2019   TFN Statement: SB1978 Is Really about Promoting Anti-LGBT Sentiment, Unworthy of Trust
05.15.2019   House Must Stop Effort to Suppress the Vote in Texas
05.13.2019   Ghost Hearing: Lt. Governor No Longer Even Pretends to Care What Texans Think about Discrimination
05.09.2019   Senate-Passed Bill Would Force Texas Women to Carry Nonviable Pregnancy to Term
04.15.2019   Senate Bill 9 Is An Attempt to Intimidate Voters, Keep Turnout Low in Texas
04.12.2019   Setting the Record Straight on Chairman Leach’s Anti-abortion Extremism
04.04.2019  Texas Rising Leaders Call on Lawmakers to Protect Voting Rights, Remove Obstacles to Casting a Ballot
04.02.2019  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Senate Passage of SB17
03.26.2019  New Polling: Majority of Texans Oppose Discrimination Against LGBT People
03.25.2019  Lt. Gov. Patrick Is Turning Another Legislative Session into a Fight Over Discrimination
03.18.2019  Time for Legislature to Stand for Equality for All Texans
03.12.2019 New Study Makes Clear that Texas Abortion Restrictions Blocked Access, Delayed Care Until Later in Pregnancy
03.12.2019 TFN President Condemns Texas Attorney General’s Request for Federal Discrimination Exemption
03.11.2019 Texans Oppose Using Religion as a License to Discriminate
02.28.2019 From Bad to Worse: SB15 Hurts Working Families, Opens Door to Discrimination against LGBT Workers
02.26.2019 TFN President Praises Austin School District Vote for Evidence-Based, Inclusive Sex Education
02.20.2019 Faith Leaders to Texas Lawmakers: Religious Freedom Isn’t a License to Discriminate
01.11.2019 State Preservation Board Vote to Remove Confederate Plaque Is a Positive Step Toward Historical Accuracy, Healing Divisions
01.10.2019 #TakeItDown: State Board Must Remove Offensive, Historically Inaccurate Confederate Plaque
01.08.2019 TFN to Legislature: Focus on Building a 21st-Century Texas, Not Bathrooms and Other Manufactured Controversies 

2018 Press Releases

11.15.2018 Texas Curriculum Standards Revision an Exercise in Politicians Masquerading as Historians
11.12.2018 Scholars from Across the Country Call on Texas SBOE to Correct Historical Distortions
11.07.2018 Huge Spike in Turnout Among Texans Under 30 Signals Coming Sea Change in State’s Electoral Politics
11.06.2018 TFN President Kathy Miller Statement on Election Results: Rise of Young Voters in Texas
09.25.2018 ‘Texas Rising’ Pushes to Raise Voter Turnout Among Texans Ages 18-29
09.13.2018 Texas SBOE Puts Politics Ahead of Truth in Curriculum Standards
09.11.2018 Time for the Texas State Board of Education to Teach the Truth
06.04.2018 TFN Statement: Supreme Court’s Colorado Cakeshop Ruling Does Not Grant Businesses a Right to Use Religion to Discriminate
04.27.2018 Texas HHSC Report on Family Planning Programs Leaves Out a Lot
04.11.2018 TFN President: SBOE Vote to Create State Elective Course in Mexican American Studies an Important Step Forward for Texas
02.28.2018 TFN Calls for Investigation of State Contract Renewal for Anti-Abortion Group
02.22.2018 Report: It’s Time to Take Politics Out of Texas Classrooms
02.01.2018 TFN Statement on Speaker Straus’ Call for Investigating Texas HHSC Contracting
01.18.2018 New Trump Religious-Refusal Policy Makes a Mockery of Religious Freedom, Endangers Vulnerable People

 2017 Press Releases

12.05.2017 TFN Statement on Monday’s Supreme Court Decision on Same-Sex Marriage Benefits Case in Texas
11.08.2017 TFN Statement on SBOE Rejection of Mexican American Studies Textbook
11.06.2017 Texas Rising, Wendy Davis Take ‘Lies into Laws’ Campaign to University Campuses
10.31.2017 Texas Clergy Sign on to Supreme Court Brief Supporting Equality in Key LGBT Discrimination Case
09.07.2017 TFN Statement on President Trump’s Federal Judge Nominations
08.16.2017 TFN Statement on the End of the Texas Legislative Special Session
07.25.2017 Texas Senate’s Preliminary Approval of Special Session Bills Makes Texas Appear Cruel to Its Most Vulnerable Residents
06.30.2017  TFN Statement on Texas Supreme Court’s Ruling on Benefits for Same-Sex Spouses of Public Employees
06.23.2017  California Ban on Travel Highlights Risks of Discrimination Obsession at the Texas Capitol
06.15.2017  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Gov. Abbott Signing Discriminatory Adoption/Foster Care Bill
06.06.2017  Texas Freedom Network Statement on the Legislative Special Session Announcement
05.29.2017  TFN Statement on the End of the Texas Legislative Session
05.28.2017  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Passage of SB801
05.21.2017  TFN Statement on Texas Senate Passage of Private School Voucher Scheme
05.21.2017  Texas Senate’s Preliminary Approval of HB3859 Puts Taxpayer-Funded Discrimination a Step Closer to Law
05.21.2017  TFN President on House Passage of ‘Bathroom’ Amendment: There Is No Moral Middle Ground on Discrimination
05.19.2017  TFN Statement on Senate Passage of HB1291: Making the Textbook Wars Worse
05.19.2017  TFN Statement on Texas House’s Preliminary Approval of SB8: Putting Lies Ahead of Women’s Access to Reproductive Health Care
05.11.2017  Major Statewide Advertising, Public Education Campaign Targets Lies Behind Anti-Abortion Laws in Texas
05.09.2017  TFN President Condemns Texas House Vote for Child Welfare Services Bill that Protects a Sweeping Right to Discriminate Against LGBT Texans
05.09.2017  Report: Texas Worst in the Nation in Scientifically Unfounded Anti-abortion Restrictions
04.21.2017  TFN Hails Removal of Anti-Evolution Requirements From Texas Public School Science Standards
04.19.2017  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Texas State Board of Education Preliminary Vote on Science Standards
04.18.2017  TFN President: It’s Time for the Texas State Board of Education to Listen to Teachers
04.12.2017  TFN President: Politicians Are Misusing Faith, Misleading on Claims about Safety to Scapegoat and Hurt LGBT Texans
04.10.2017 Equality, Civil Liberties Groups Denounce Shameful Deal Pitting Rights of Transgender Texans against Planned Parenthood Funding
03.30.2017  TFN Statement on Texas Senate Passage of SB 3 Private School Voucher Bill
03.30.2017  TFN President: SB 522 Allows County Clerks to Discriminate Against Virtually Anyone
03.29.2017  Avalanche of Proposed Religious Refusals Bills Would Allow the Use of Religion to Justify Discrimination
03.07.2017  TFN President: Politicians Are Using the Transgender Discrimination Bill to Sow Hate and Division in Texas
02.23.2017  Young Texans Bring Progressive Agenda of LGBTQ Equality, Reproductive and Voting Rights to Elected Officials in Austin
02.15.2017  TFN Statement: Proposed Bills Radically Redefine ‘Religious Freedom’ to Mean Using Religion to Discriminate
02.14.2017  New TFN Education Fund Study: Texas Is Failing on Sex Education
02.01.2017  TFN President Calls Out TX State Board of Education for Once Again Overruling Teachers
01.24.2017  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Private School Vouchers
01.19.2017  Broad Coalition of Policy Experts, Advocates Warn of Consequences of Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills in Texas
01.05.2017  TFN President: Texas Transgender Bill is About Discrimination and Political Grandstanding

2016 Press Releases

11.16.2016  Evolution Deniers Once Again Making a Mess of Science Standards
11.04.2016  TFN President Calls for Investigation into Whether Texas SBOE Member is Violating the State’s Open Records Law
09.16.2016  TFN President Calls Out Education Board Members for Pressuring Science Curriculum Writers
08.01.2016 Texans to Jane Nelson: Stop Ignoring the Facts on Women’s Health
07.18.2016 Grassroots, Civil Rights, Education Groups Announce Coalition Opposed to Offensive Mexican American Heritage Textbook Proposed for Texas Schools
06.27.2016 Texas Freedom Network Statement on the Supreme Court’s Abortion Decision Today
05.26.2016  TFN Responds to Paxton Lawsuit Against Obama Administration Transgender Student Directive
05.24.2016  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Texas GOP Runoff Race for State Board of Education
04.21.2016  TFN Education Fund Launches Statewide Ad Campaign Pushing Back Against Political Attacks on State Health Researchers
04.08.2016  Ken Paxton, Obsessed with Defending Discrimination, Is Politicizing the Texas Attorney General’s Office
03.11.2016   Appointment of Political Activist to Key Spot in Texas AG’s Office Threatens Religious Liberty
03.02.2016  Activists Call on Supreme Court to Stop Politicians from Restricting Access to Safe, Legal Abortion
02.17.2016  Religious, Civil Liberties Groups Tell Texas Senators: Discrimination Doesn’t Protect Religious Freedom

2015 Press Releases

12.10.2015  Faith Leaders Call on Gov. Abbott to Stop Interfering with Women’s Freedom to Choose Their Health Care Providers

12.04.2015  Texas Attorney General Slaps Down SBOE Power Grab

11.20.2015  Texas Education Board Rejects Qualifications for Textbook Reviewers

11.18.2015  Texas SBOE Refuses to Tighten Process for Ensuring Accuracy in Textbooks

11.04.2015  Defeat of Houston Equality Ordinance Damages Texas

10.27.2015  TFN Student Activists Join Oct. 29 Voter Turnxout Event

10.20.2015  Civil Liberties Groups Warn Against ‘Religious Refusal’ Laws

10.05.2015  TFN President Responds to News About New Texas Textbook Controversy Over Slavery, Migration

07.31.2015  New Reproductive Justice Health & Justice ‘Artivism’ Project Launches in Texas

06.18.2015  TFN President Expresses Disappointment in Abbott’s SBOE Chair Choice

06.01.2015  Extremists Undermined Chances for Real Progress in Texas Legislative Session

05.28.2015  TFN Hails One-Year Anniversary of Houston Anti-Discrimination Measure

05.07.2015  Texas House to Take Up Indiana-Style Bill Subverting Potential Supreme Court Ruling on Marriage

05.06.2015  New Poll Shows Long List of Proposed Texas Bills Promoting Anti-LGBT Discrimination Contradicts What Voters Want

04.29.2015  Civil Liberties Groups Raise the Alarm on Anti-LGBT Bills in Texas

04.22.2015  Texas Freedom Network Press Statement on House Committee Passage of HB 4105

04.22.2015  New Texas ‘Religious Refusals’ Bill Opens Door to Discrimination in Health Care, Social Services and More

04.20.2015  TFN President Condemns Texas Senate Passage on Second Reading of Voucher Bill

04.07.2015  Lawmakers, Business and Civil Liberties Leaders Warn Legislature Against Bills Promoting Discrimination against LGBT Texans

04.01.2015  TFN President Condemns Texas Lawmaker for Comparing Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills to Protecting Jews from Serving Neo-Nazis

03.31.2015  Never Mind Indiana — Texas Is in Its Own League When It Comes to Anti-LGBT Discrimination Bills This Year

03.26.2015  Voucher Bills Represent Reckless Efforts to Cut Funding to Neighborhood Public Schools

03.25.2015  House Bill 1745 Represents a Legislative Temper Tantrum by Lawmakers Opposed to Freedom to Marry

03.18.2015  Advocates Push for Birth Control Access for Young Parents

03.10.2015  Faith Leaders Launch Campaign to Support Reproductive Justice

03.10.2015  TFN President Applauds Lawmaker’s Decision to ‘Reconsider Entirely’ Proposed HJR 55

02.26.2015  Texans Demand Access to Reproductive Health Care

02.17.2015  Faith Leaders Call for Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Texans

02.12.2015  Trust. Respect. Access.

01.07.2015  At Fifth Circuit Hearing, Groups United in Fight Against HB 2

2014 Press Releases

11.21.2014  Texas State Board of Education Adopts Textbooks with Changes No One Has Vetted

11.18.2014  TFN Statement on Texas Textbook Adoption Public Hearing

11.17.2014  Advocates Applaud Publishers for Removing Climate Change Denialism from Texas Textbooks, Putting Education Ahead of Politics

11.12.2014 Science, Education Advocates Call on Publishers to Remove Climate Change Denialism from New Textbooks

10.28.2014  TFN President Condemns Hateful Mailer in North Texas Senate Race

10.20.2014  Publishers Make Some Corrections, But Problems Remain in Texas Textbook Adoption

10.10.2014  Texas Freedom Network Honors Strong Women Making History at 19th Annual Gala

09.15.2014  Proposed Texas Textbooks Distort Climate Change Facts

09.10.2014  Scholar Reviews Highlight Problems in Proposed Texas Social Studies Textbooks

07.15.2014  SBOE Politics as Usual: Textbook Review Once Again Corrupted by Lack of Expertise

06.30.2014  Supreme Court’s Birth Control Decision Redefines Religious Freedom

06.03.2014  Bible Curriculum Backed by Hobby Lobby President Would Lead to Preaching, Not Teaching, in Public Schools

04.11.2014  Texas Freedom Network Statement on SBOE’s Action on Ethnic Studies Courses for Public Schools

04.08.2014  Mexican-American Studies Course Would Be an Important Step Toward Teaching the Full History of America

03.25.2014  Allowing Employers to Impose Their Religious Views about Birth Control on Workers Isn’t Religious Freedom

02.26.2014  Austin Pastor, TFN Board Member Praises Ruling for Marriage Equality in Texas

01.31.2014  New State Board of Education Textbook Adoption Rules Are a Modest Step in the Right Direction

01.16.2014  TFN President Calls on Education Commissioner to Launch Investigation into Texas Charter School Operator

2013 Press Releases

11.22.2013  Texas Textbook Adoption Is a Major Victory for Science Education

11.20.2013  TFN, Science Advocates to Texas SBOE: Don’t Ignore Experts on Science Textbooks

10.16.2013  Publishers Resist Pressure to Undermine Evolution Coverage in Proposed Texas Science Textbooks

09.09.2013  Texas Reviewers Pressure Publishers on Evolution, Climate Change

08.13.2013  Scholars Give Proposed Biology Textbooks Thumbs Up on Evolution Coverage

07.09.2013  Petition Calls on Gov. Perry to Add Sex Education to Call for Special Session

06.27.2013  TFN President: Gov. Perry Lectures Wendy Davis While Failing to Address the Teen Pregnancy Disaster in Texas

06.04.2013  TFN President Criticizes Sen. Patrick for Harassing School Districts and Teachers Over CSCOPE

05.27.2013  Culture Wars Took a Back Seat to Solving Real Problems in 2013 Legislative Session

05.20.2013  CSCOPE Surrender Throws Hundreds of School Districts Under the Bus

05.15.2013  TFN Statement on Texas House Endorsement of Discrimination

04.19.2013  TFN President: SBOE Resolution Sends Strong Message Against Private School Vouchers

04.18.2013  SBOE Review of CSCOPE Curriculum System Already Raising Red Flags

04.17.2013  HB 285 Promotes Academic Fraud, Not Academic Freedom

04.04.2013  Texas Freedom Network President Praises House Passage of Budget Amendment Barring Public Funds for Private School Vouchers

03.14.2013  TFN President Calls on Texas Attorney General to Decline Award from Extremist Leader’s Group

03.12.2013  TFN President Criticizes Senate Committee Passage of Reckless Anti-Sex Education Bill Today

03.04.2013  Texas Clergy Support Broad Access to Birth Control

02.19.2013  Poll: Broad Support in Texas for State-Funded Family Planning Services, Women’s Access to Birth Control

02.19.2013  Encuesta: Amplio apoyo de hispanos en Texas para que el estado financie planificacion familiar y acceso a anticonceptivos

02.11.2013  SBOE Chair’s Science Comments at Hearing Highlight Concerns over Her Appointment

02.07.2013  Proposed Legislation Adds News and Unnecessary Obstacles for Effective Sex Education in Texas Schools

02.05.2013 Texas SBOE Chair: Texts Should Teach ‘Other Side’ on Evolution

01.16.2013  Failure to Implement 2007 Legislation Undermines Study of the Bible in Texas Public Schools

2012 Press Releases

12.19.2012  TFN President: Tax Credit Vouchers Are a Racket That Benefits Corporations But Not Kids

11.07.2012  New Faces Must Take Texas State Board of Education in a New Direction

10.03.2012  TFN to Honor Biotech Entrepreneur, Youth Leaders at 17th Annual Celebration

10.01.2012  TFN Endorses 11 in Texas State Board of Education Elections

08.24.2012  TFN President Tells Senate Education Committee to Stop Wasting Time on Voucher Schemes

08.09.2012  TFN Commends Thomas Nelson Publishing for Pulling David Barton’s Distorted Book on Thomas Jefferson

05.30.2012 Statement from TFN President Kathy Miller on State Board of Education Primary Results

04.02.2012  Fundraisers for Texas SBOE Incumbent’s Campaign Raise Questions

01.10.2012  Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts to Speak in Houston on January 25

01.10.2012  January 25 Symposium Explores Religion in the 2012 Elections

2011 Press Releases

12.08.2011  State Approval of Christian-Themed License Plate Disrespectful of Christianity, Religious Freedom

11.21.2011  Encouraging Shift on Sex Education in Texas Schools

11.07.2011  TFN President: New Report Confirms Texas SBOE’s Failure on Curriculum Standards

10.05.2011  TFN Honors Senator, Austin Activists at 16th Annual Gala

09.20.2011  David Barton Tries to Suppress Free Speech

09.09.2011  TFNEF Analysis: New Law Could Bring Sea Change to Textbook Adoptions in Texas

08.18.2011  TFN President: Gov. Perry’s Claims About Teaching Creationism in Texas Incorrect, Irresponsible

08.15.2011  TFN President Applauds Final Version of Publisher’s Science Materials

08.04.2011  Thousands Send Message to Gov. Perry: Stop Using Faith as a Political Weapon to Divide Americans

07.22.2011  TFN President Kathy Miller: Texas Kids, Sound Science Education Triumph in SBOE Vote

07.21.2011  Education Advocates Stand Up for Sound Science in Texas

07.19.2011  TFN President Expresses Concerns About Continuing Problems at State Board of Education

07.01.2011  Gov. Perry Puts Politics Ahead of Education by Appointing Cargill As SBOE Chair

05.19.2011  Ms. Foundation Honors TFN President

05.13.2011  Creationists Target Science Instructional Materials in Texas

05.04.2011  National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Time to Stop Ignoring the Problem in Texas

04.25.2011  Proposed Instructional Materials Put Science Education, Public Schools at Risk in Texas

04.13.2011  Time to Put College and Workforce Readiness Ahead of Politics in Curriculum Standards

03.11.2011  TFN President Kathy Miller: New Leadership Needed on State Board of Education

02.16.2011  TFN President: Fordham Analysis Confirms That New Social Studies Standards Are a Disaster for Texas Schools

01.20.2011  Creationist Group Pushes Anti-Evolution Materials in Texas Science Classes

01.04.2011  TFN Statement on Texas House Speaker’s Race

2010 Press Releases

09.24.2010  TFN President Condemns Board’s Passage of Anti-Islam Resolution

09.20.2010  Clergy Condemn Proposed Anti-Islam Resolution

09.13.2010  TFN Education Fund Releases Voter Guide

08.10.2010  TFN Joins National Groups Opposing Politicization of Curriculum Standards in Texas

07.13.2010  Statewide Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Reforming the SBOE Curriculum Revision Process in Texas

05.21.2010  Texas Ed Board Guts Instruction on Key Constitutional Protection for Religious Freedom

05.21.2010  Texas Ed Board Member Uses Prayer to Make a Political Point

05.20.2010  Poll: Big Majority of Texas Voters See Church-State Separation as Important, Want Teachers and Scholars to Set Curriculum Standards

05.19.2010  Lawmakers, Civil Rights Leaders, Parents Call on SBOE to Send Curriculum Standards Back to Experts

05.14.2010  Proposed New Changes to Social Studies Standards Rewrite History, Promote Fringe Political Arguments

05.12.2010  Clergy Call on SBOE to Promote Religious Freedom

04.26.2010  New Dunbar Comments Highlight Extremism on Texas State Board of Education

03.19.2010  SBOE Chair Lowe’s Explanation for Dropping Jefferson from Standard Doesn’t Hold Water

03.12.2010  TFN President: Curriculum Process Is Seriously Broken, Dominated by Politics and Incompetence

03.11.2010  Texas SBOE Rejects Religious Freedom in Social Studies Curriculum

03.03.2010  TFN President: Voters on Tuesday Rejected ‘Culture War’ Battles on Education Board

01.13.2010  SBOE Pushes Politics in Social Studies Standards

01.12.2010  TFN, Clergy, Scholars Call on SBOE to Protect Religious Freedom in Social Studies Curriculum Standards

2009 Press Releases

12.09.2009   TFN Statement on Dunbar Decision Not to Seek Re-election to SBOE Seat

10.14.2009   TFN President Calls on Legislature to Investigate SBOE Ethics Concerns

07.10.2009   Texas Freedom Network Statement on Appointment of Gail Lowe as SBOE Chair

05.28.2009   TFN Statement on the Senate’s Rejection of Don McLeroy’s Confirmation as SBOE Chairman

05.20.2009   TFN Statement on Senate Committee Approval of McLeroy’s Nomination as SBOE Chair

05.20.2009   TFN President Criticizes Failure of House to Require Medically Accurate Information in Sex Ed Classes

05.06.2009   TFN President Strongly Condemns House Rejection of SBOE Sunset Bill

04.30.2009   SBOE-Appointed Social Studies ‘Experts’ Lack Credentials, Denounce Public Education, Support Bible-Based Laws

04.27.2009   Texas Freedom Network Statement on House Passage of Permanent School Fund Measures

04.17.2009   House Reaffirms Strong Opposition to Vouchers in Texas with Overwhelming Vote

04.01.2009   Putting Chains on Stem Cell Research Would Hurt Texas Families and Economy

03.31.2009   TFN President Calls for Passage of Sex Ed Reform Bills

03.27.2009   TFN President: Texas State Board of Education Adopts Flawed Science Standards

03.19.2009   Parents, Clergy, Scientists Call for Sound Science Standards as Lawmakers Consider Major Reforms for Texas Ed Board

03.18.2009   TFN President Condemns Shocking Book Endorsement by SBOE Chairman

03.16.2009   TFN President Calls on Lawmakers to Reject Anti-Science Legislation

03.03.2009   House Committee Passage of SBOE Broadcast Bill Is Key Step in Shining Light on Politicization of Education Policy

02.24.2009   New Study: Texas Failing Families, Teens on Sexuality Education

02.13.2009   Statement from TFN President Kathy Miller on Evolution Poll

01.23.2009   SBOE Vote Against ‘Strengths and Weaknesses’ Language Represents Major Victory for Science Education

2008 Press Releases

12.04.2008   SBOE Chair Should Remove Dunbar from Instruction Committee

11.19.2008   TFN Joins Academic, Business, Faith Leaders in Calling on SBOE to Reject Renewed Attacks on Evolution in Science Standards

11.17.2008   Survey of Texas University Faculty: Overwhelming Opposition to Watering Down Evolution in School Science Curriculum

11.03.2008   TFN President Calls on State Ed Board Member to Retract Charge that the Democratic Presidential Nominee Is a Traitor

10.15.2008   Texas State Board of Education Puts Strident Anti-Evolution Critics on Science Standards Review Panel

09.23.2008   TFN Applauds Pro-Science Draft Curriculum Standards

08.28.2008   Texas Freedom Network Statement on AG Ruling on Public School Bible Classes

08.11.2008   TEA Dropout Recovery Voucher Scheme Is Political Payback for James Leininger

07.18.2008   SBOE Throws School Districts Under the Bus

07.09.2008   Texas Attorney General Can’t Certify Bible Courses Will Be Constitutional

05.27.2008   ‘Dropout Recovery Program’ Could Lead to Private School Voucher Scheme in Texas

05.23.2008   Divisive Curriculum Revision Process Exposes Dysfunctional State Board of Education, TFN President Says

05.21.2008   Adult Stem Cells Are Only Part of Groundbreaking Medical Research Needing Support

04.23.2008   TFN Statement on Public Hearing about the Institute for Creation Research

04.21.2008   University Faculty: No Certification for Group’s Creation ‘Science’ Master’s Degree

03.27.2008   SBOE Must Comply with the Law on Bible Class Standards

03.26.2008   TFN Urges Rejection of Reading Lists in New Language Arts Standards

03.11.2008   Council Leaves the Door Open to Voucher Schemes

03.05.2008   Odessa Lawsuit Agreement Confirms TFN Warnings about Deeply Flawed Bible Course

02.12.2008   Board Chairman Recklessly Throws Away Two Years of Work, Taxpayer Dollars on Curriculum Revision

02.07.2008   Far-Right Groups See Major Funding Increases Since 1998

02.05.2008   Texas Clergy Promote Sound Science in Public Schools

01.10.2008   TFN Asks IRS to Investigate Foundation Linked to Texas Restoration Project

2007 Press Releases

12.10.2007  TFN Calls on Texas Education Commissioner to Clarify Remarks on Forced Resignation of TEA Science Director

11.16.2007  TFN Calls on Attorney General to Enforce Textbook Law

11.05.2007  Attacks on Cancer Research Funding Proposal an Example of Political Extremism Blocking Responsible Medical Research

08.07.2007  Recorded Lecture Reveals New Texas Education Board Chair’s Hostility To Science, Religious Tolerance

07.17.2007  Texas Freedom Network Statement on McLeroy as SBOE Chair

05.28.2007  Texas Freedom Network Statements on End of 80th Regular Session of Texas Legislature

05.23.2007  Texas Freedom Network Statement on Senate Passage of Bible Class Bill

05.16.2007  Odessa Bible Class Lawsuit a Result of Reckless Decisions by Local Officials

05.08.2007  House Passage of Committee’s Bible Class Bill Is a Victory for Religious Freedom in Texas

04.30.2007  TFN Statement on House Bill 3678

04.19.2007  Texas Freedom Network Applauds House Committee Action on Bible Class Bill

04.16.2007  TFN Condemns Irresponsible Vote for Ban on Stem Cell Research Funding

04.12.2007  TFN Launches Statewide Petition Campaign Supporting Stem Cell Research

04.03.2007  Proposed Bill on Bible Classes Could Endanger Religious Freedom, Put Schools in Legal Jeopardy

03.29.2007  Proposed Massive Pilot Voucher Program Takes Aim at Urban School Districts

03.29.2007  House Vote Slams Door Shut on Voucher Schemes

03.28.2007  Autism Voucher Scheme Would Undermine Special Education Efforts in Texas Public Schools

03.13.2007  Special Education Initiatives, Not Vouchers, Are Real Solution for Students with Disabilities

03.07.2007  TFN Statement: Bill Protects Stem Cell Research, Gives Hope to Patients and Families

02.28.2007  Vouchers Are Not the Solution for Families of Children with Autism

02.21.2007  Texas Freedom Network Calls for Strong Oversight, Accountability Measures in Expansion of Faith-Based Initiative in State

02.14.2007  Chisum Launches Attack On Evolution

02.12.2007  Proposed Bill Favors Deeply Flawed Bible Curriculum in Texas Public Schools

02.09.2007  Rep. Chisum Contradicts Himself on Gay Foster Families

02.07.2007  TFN President Responds to Pro-Voucher Propaganda Event

02.02.2007  Gov. Perry’s Decision Is Acknowledgment that Health and Science Should Not Be Held Hostage to Politics

01.09.2007  Challenge to Speaker Sent a Message: Put the People’s Interests above Special Interests

2006 Press Releases

10.17.2006  Texas Faith-Based Initiative Is Political Shell Game

10.13.2006  Voucher Schemes are Expensive, Ineffective and Unaccountable

09.18.2006  Texas AG Keeps Limits on SBOE Textbook Authority

09.13.2006  Clergy, Parents Voice Concerns About Public School Bible Classes

08.28.2006  FreePac Successor Bares Fangs for 2006 Campaign

06.29.2006  Clergy to Politicians: ‘Respect Our Faith’

05.02.2006  Task Force Betrays Spirit of National Day of Prayer

03.14.2006  TFN Joins Education Advocates In Backing Censorship Curbs

03.02.2006  TFN Asks for Investigation into Leininger PACs

02.28.2006  Leininger Raises the Stakes

02.13.2006  Voucher-Obsessed Leininger Moves to Close Sale on Legislature

01.31.2006  SBOE Attempts End Run Around Legislature

2005 Press Releases

12.21.2005    Is Odessa the Next Dover?

10.12.2005    TFN Calls for Investigation of Group Backing Marriage Amendment

09.28.2005    Texas Lawmakers Ponder the ‘Culture War’ at Sept. 30 Event

08.24.2005    Time for Governor to Come Clean

08.01.2005    Turning Public Schools into Sunday Schools

07.20.2005    Statement on End of First Special Session

06.23.2005    Lawmakers Get Failing Grade on Public Schools

06.17.2005    No More Distractions: Lawmakers Must Stay Focused on the Real Goal

05.30.2005    Lawmakers Wasted Time on Distractions Instead of Focusing on Priorities

05.27.2005    Conference Committee Rejects Witch Hunts in Child Protective Services Bill

05.24.2005    Voucher Defeat a Triumph for Texas Families and Neighborhood Public Schools

05.21.2005    TFN Statement on Senate Passage of H.J.R. 6

05.18.2005    House Committee Votes to Hold Texas Kids, Texas Education Agency Hostage to Vouchers

05.09.2005    Senate Rejects Vouchers in TEA Reauthorization Bill

04.29.2005    SBOE, Publisher Still Censoring Health Textbooks

04.28.2005    San Antonio Parents, Teachers Warn Legislators about Failures of Edgewood Voucher Program

04.25.2005    Marriage Amendment an Unnecessary Diversion

04.25.2005    Textbook Bills Open Door to Censorship By SBOE

04.20.2005    H.B. 2479 Returns Texas to Days of Dangerous, Unregulated Faith-Based Programs

04.19.2005    House Bill Gives State Board Of Education a Free Hand To Censor Textbooks

04.19.2005    Ban on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Foster Parents Puts Mean-Spirited Agenda Ahead of the Interests of Kids

04.18.2005    Bill Could Privatize Schools in Every Senate District

04.12.2005    Senate Education Bill Calls For Unprecedented Privatization of Texas Schools

04.11.2005    House Joins SBOE In Blocking Responsible Health Education

04.05.2005    House Voucher Bills Drain Millions of Dollars from Public Schools

03.22.2005    House Bill 1445: A Voucher Bill in Disguise

03.15.2005  TFN Celebrates 10 Years Standing Up For Mainstream Values With New Web Site, ‘Open House’

03.09.2005  House Bill 2: Votes for Gutting Education Standards and for Privatization Undermine Neighborhood Schools

03.09.2005    Local Clergy, Religious Groups Call For CHIP Funding

03.08.2005  House Bill 2 Is about Privatization, Not Reform

03.01.2005  House Bill 2: It’s About More Than Money

02.28.2005  Senate Should Reject Miller Appointment as SBOE Chair

02.03.2005  Statement From TFN President Kathy Miller On Speaker Craddick’s Assertion That Vouchers Will Be Added Later To Education Bill

01.26.2005  Statement From Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller on Gov. Perry’s State-of-The-State Address

2004 Press Releases

12.08.2004    Texas Freedom Network Names Kathy Miller As New President

11.05.2004    State Board Approves Flawed Health Textbooks

11.01.2004    Thousands Of Texans Join Campaign For Responsible Health Textbooks

09.22.2004  Samantha Smoot to Step Down as Texas Freedom Network President

09.15.2004  Texas Freedom Network President Backs Education Commissioner’s Call For Teaching State Health Standards

09.07.2004  Texas Poll: 90% of Texans Support Sex Education

07.28.2004  From Bad to Worse: Publishers Make Reckless Changes to Proposed New Health Textbooks

07.14.2004  Experts, Organizations Call for Responsible Health Textbooks in Texas High Schools

07.07.2004  Organizations Launch Campaign to Fight Assault on Responsible Health Education in Textbook Adoption

06.18.2004  State Review Panels Give OK to Failing Health Textbooks in Texas Adoption

04.30.2004  Public Education Advocates Oppose New Voucher Proposal

04.20.2004  Texas Freedom Network Applauds Bipartisan Efforts on School Finance

04.13.2004  Vouchers, ‘Home Rule’ Are Not the Solution to School Funding Crisis

01.29.2004  TEA Commissioner Shirley Neeley Flip-Flops on Vouchers

2003 Press Releases

11.03.2003  Mainstream Texans Gather in Dallas to Proclaim Faith and Science Not in Conflict

10.29.2003  Publishers Resist Political Pressure to Alter Biology Textbooks

08.20.2003  Business Leaders, Clergy, Scientists Say No to Censorship

06.02.2003  2003 Legislative Recap: Grassroots Mobilization and Mainstream Bipartisanship Defy Radical Right Agenda and Political Power

05.14.2003  Committee Substituted Voucher Bill Sneaks Through Committee at Closed Meeting on House Floor

04.28.2003  Groups Decry “Home-Rule” Bill That Eliminates Class Size, Curriculum, All Education Standards

04.23.2003  Texas House Votes Down Dangerous ‘Virtual’ Schools Bill; Senate Approves Similar Measure

04.22.2003  Torrent of Bad Education Bills Rips Through Legislature; Leadership Puts Ideology Ahead of Students, Fiscal Crisis

04.03.2003  Voucher Bill Sneaks Through Committee at Closed Meeting on House Floor

04.02.2003  Bill Dismantling Education Standards Heads to House; Ends Class Size, Curriculum, Teacher Standards at Schools

01.28.2003  Bush Faith-Based Plan Undermines Safety and Science

2002 Press Releases

12.12.2002  Bush Faith-Based Action Follows Disastrous Texas Model

11.15.2002  SBOE Adopts Social Studies Textbooks after Religious Right Revamp

11.12.2002  Far Right’s Changes to Textbooks Prompt Thousands of Outraged Letters to State, Publishers Opposing Textbook Censorship

10.28.2002  Publishers Make Creationist, Anti-Muslim Changes to Pass Religious Right Litmus Test

10.10.2002  Faith-Based Initiative Reaps Bitter Fruit in Texas

08.23.2002  Mainstream Texans Outraged at Textbook Censorship and Book Banning; Citizens Testify to Counter Religious Right

07.09.2002  Mainstream Texans Form First-Ever Campaign Against Textbook Censorship; Parents Tell Censors, Publishers ‘I Object!’

03.08.2002  Controversial Religious Right Group, Free Pac, Has Cozy Relationship with Candidates Across State

01.23.2002  White House Sends Top Gun to Defend Faith-Based Initiative in Dallas