Texas Health Curriculum Standards Overhaul Veers Off Course Out of the Gate

In a state that long has had one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, it's clear that the state's abstinence-focused curriculum standards for health and sex education need an overhaul. But that's not how abstinence-only politicians on the State Board of Education see things. Information TFN has obtained through an open records request shows the first revision of the health standards in more than two decades already appears headed off the rails toward another unnecessary culture war  battle -- this time with the health of millions of Texas students on the line. Check out the press release we just sent out. Read More

A lot of things can change in a decade and a half, but this one hasn't: Texas still has one of the highest teen birth rates in the nation, 15 years after the State Board of Education adopted abstinence-only health textbooks for use in public schools. But now we have a chance to reverse course and ensure that Texas public schools teach the truth about sex education and give students the information they need to protect their health and their future. Read More

On Monday (February 25) the Austin ISD Board of Trustees will vote on an updated sex education curriculum that is inclusive of the needs of LGBTQ students. The adoption of this curriculum would be a big step forward for equality and the health of all students in Austin schools. Read More

Anti-sex education activists have launched new efforts to keep Texas students ignorant about how to protect themselves from disease and unintended pregnancy. And this time they're trying to stir up hostility toward LGBT people to do it. Read More

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has released a new report on what Texas public schools are teaching when it comes to sex education. The news isn't good. Here's the press release: Read More

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