SBOE Watch: How the Board Reached its Latest Decision and What’s Next

Last week, the State Board of Education chose to delay the Social Studies TEKS revision, wasting $200,000 of state funds allocated to workgroups while silencing the voices of our communities. Flooded with misinformation, overwhelmed by public testimony from a small, extremist group of testifiers who opposed an inclusive curriculum, the board bowed to pressure and failed to do its job.    […]

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Meet Shan Schaffer, TFN’s Just Texas Faith Organizer Harnessing the Strengths of our Faith Communities for a Better, Fairer Texas

In national and state politics, religion has increasingly become an oppressive tool in the hands of some politicians. Sacred texts have been misinterpreted or fabricated to deny LGBTQ and pregnant people their bodily rights. We’ve also seen a wave of religious doctrine misapplied to reframe public education policies in ways that serve no one but these bad actors. These actions are why it became urgent and necessary to counter that narrative with our Just Texas project, an assembly of faith communities committed to using their faith to fight for justice and truth. In this interview, Shan Schaffer, our new Just Texas Faith Organizer, discusses why this work matters and why all people of faith in Texas should join the effort.  […]

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