87.9 F
College Station
Sunday, August 1, 2021

Texas Set for Final Vote on Controversial Sex Ed Curriculum

Local News

College Station Bans Traditional Pet Shops

At Thursday's meeting, the College Station city council passed an ordinance that prohibits the sale of non-rescue dogs and cats in pet...

College Station to Vote on ROO in Special Meeting Today

The College Station City Council meets Monday at 4 p.m. at city hall to consider a Restricted Occupancy Overlay (ROO). The ordinance would allow single-family...

College Station Plans on Borrowing Additional $62 Million Without Taxpayer Vote

The College Station City Council voted to begin the process of issuing $62 million in certificates of obligations for capital projects. The...

Brazos Valley Hospitalizations Continue to Decline After Mask Order Rescinded

Texas Governor Greg Abbott issued Executive Order GA-34 on March 2, 2021, and the order went into effect on March 10, 2021....

Controversial sex education teachings are on the agenda next week at the Texas agency charged with setting public school curriculum standards, giving citizens one more chance to weigh in.

State Board of Education members are meeting the week of November 17 to hold public hearings, consider amendments, and vote on final adoption of revised public education standards—known as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—for science, physical education, and health education.

In September, the SBOE gave preliminary approval to proposed new health standards after citizens turned out to testify for and against adding controversial “comprehensive sex education” to the statewide health curriculum taught to public school kids. The current health TEKS were adopted in 1998.

The board voted 9-6 against inserting highly sexualized “LGBTQ+” and pro-abortion material into the revised standards. Leftist advocacy groups pushed for the radical revisions, calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to change course.”

Parents urged the board to keep the standards focused on abstinence and risk avoidance, cautioning that the changes would undermine local control.

State law says human sexuality instruction is an optional component of health education in Texas school districts. If human sexuality is taught, course materials must emphasize abstinence. Districts may choose “abstinence plus,” which educates about but doesn’t promote contraception. Otherwise, school districts exercise local control to determine the content of their sex-ed instruction (if any).

Texans have several opportunities to weigh in on the final standards.

Proposed standards and public comment forms are on the Texas Education Agency website, along with meeting agendas and a link to the livestream.

Those who want to testify during the meeting must sign up between 8:00 a.m. Thursday, November 12, and 5:00 p.m. Friday, November 13. Public testimony will be given virtually. Details are available online or by calling (512) 463-9007.

Citizens can also share comments

Continue reading on Texas Scorecard

More articles

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here

- Advertisement -

State News

Biden Admin Sues Texas Over Executive Order Cracking Down on Transportation of Illegal Aliens

The Biden administration has filed a lawsuit against the State of Texas, after Gov. Greg Abbott released an executive order earlier this week prohibiting...

Austin Taxpayers Forced to Pay Left-Wing Consultants $10K/Day for Critical Race Theory Training

If it’s another week, it’s another boondoggle for the City of Austin, all paid for by citizens’ tax dollars. According to recent open records...

Abbott’s Latest Order Doesn’t Protect Long-Term Care Visitation Rights

Gov. Greg Abbott’s latest executive order leaves in place visitation restrictions for residents of long-term care facilities. Some facilities have even locked down again,...

The Liberty Café 44: Stupidity and Texas Republicans

Republicans have wasted a good portion of the 19 years they have been in charge of Texas government. On Episode 44 of the Liberty...

Fighting Honorably, In Context

As the saying goes, “Context is king.” Nowhere have I seen that so practically displayed as in Israel, where passages from the Bible spring...

Continue reading on Texas Scorecard