The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has agreed to serve as a co-sponsor for two forums for State Board of Education candidates in the Houston area. The forums will be hosted by Houston’s KPFT Pacifica Radio (90.1 FM). The Woodlands Coffee Party is also a co-sponsor.

A forum for SBOE District 8 candidates is set for 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 25. Republican candidate Linda Ellis of The Woodlands and Democratic candidate Dexter Smith of Friendwood have accepted invitations to participate in the forum. Republican incumbent and SBOE chairwoman Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, and Democratic candidate Rick Soliz (campaign website unknown) of Humble have not yet responded to requests from KPFT.

A forum for District 6 Democratic candidates is set for 6-7 p.m., Thursday, April 26. Candidates Traci Jensen, Patty Quintana-Nilsson and David Scott, all of Houston, have accepted invitations to participate. Republican Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, is unopposed  in the GOP primary and will not participate in this forum. KPFT plans to invite Bahorich to participate in a forum for general election candidates in the fall. The winner of the November general election will replace… Read More

We are  deeply saddened to hear that Bettie Naylor, an icon and champion in the movements for women’s rights, gay rights and reproductive choice and a founding member of the Texas Freedom Network, has died. Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller talked about Bettie’s legacy today:

“Bettie was at the first grassroots event I attended in Austin when I moved here more than 20 years ago. From my time at Planned Parenthood through my early days at TFN, my days working against domestic violence and again here at TFN, one constant was Bettie Naylor and her activism, her optimism and her can-do spirit. I and everyone else at TFN will miss her very much.”

In reporting about Naylor’s passing, Marques Harper of the Austin American-Statesman writes:

“Friends said she believed in standing up for people who didn’t have a voice, and that it was hard for people — friend or political foe — to say, ‘No,’ to Naylor, a friend of late Gov. Ann Richards.”

Bettie was also a founding member of the National Women’s Political Caucus and of the Human Rights Campaign. The American-Statesman noted that Nayor and her partner, Libby Sykora, supported a long… Read More

We’re excited to tell you that the Texas Freedom Network’s fight against textbook censorship and efforts to politicize public education will be part of a new documentary film premiering this weekend at the prestigious Tribeca Film Festival in New York City. “The Revisionaries” explores how far-right radicals on the State Board of Education in Texas worked from 2008 to 2010 to undermine the teaching of evolution and rewrite history in a campaign to indoctrinate public school students with their ideological agenda.

Here’s a trailer for the new film:

The film will also be screened at the Dallas International Film Festival this Sunday (April 22), the Independent Film Festival in Boston on April 30 and the Hot Docs Canadian International Documentary Festival in Toronto beginning on May 1. Click here for more information about the screenings, including dates and locations.

TFN President Kathy Miller will attend the screenings at Tribeca and in Dallas and will also take part in panel discussions about the film and how the radical right is trying to hijack public education in America.

Director Scott Thurman of Texas has worked… Read More

Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).

Click here to go to TFN’s SBOE Election HQ, with in-depth information about state board districts, elections and candidates this year.

Judy Jennings, District 10, D-Austin (Current District 10 Board Member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown)

Judy Jennings is running for the open District 10 seat on the SBOE. Current District 10 board member Marsha Farney will vacate her seat to run for the Texas House. Jennings’ website is

Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).

Click here to go to TFN’s SBOE Election HQ, with in-depth information about state board districts, elections and candidates this year.

Andres Muro, District 1, D-El Paso (Current District 1 Board Member: Carlos “Charlie” Garza, R-El Paso)

Andres Muro, the director of the Community Education Program at El Paso Community College, is running for the District 1 SBOE seat currently held by Republican Carlos “Charlie” Garza, who is running… Read More