BATTLEGROUND: TEXAS PUBLIC SCHOOL HEALTH CLASSES

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“Battleground: Texas Public School Health Classes”

By Donna Garner

4.30.20

One of the most important actions that we can take to guide and protect our children is to make sure that they are taught in their public school Health and Physical Education classes those concepts that will help them to live healthy lifestyles.  The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) is in the process of reviewing and revising the curriculum standards (TEKS) for Health and P. E.  Of course, this includes those concepts surrounding sex education and abstinence among many other health-based choices that students make.

As we all know, there is a sex industry in our country that wants to steal our children’s hearts, minds, and souls.  In Texas, that sex industry is led by Texas Freedom Network, Planned Parenthood, SIECUS, Advocates for Youth, LGBTQ, Human Rights Campaign, and other such ”innocent-sounding names.”  The battleground right now is what curriculum requirements will be put into the new Health and P. E. TEKS. This is where the caring public must get involved, and many are already doing so.

The SBOE TEKS adoption process is a good one and allows much input and involvement by the public. Writing groups have been chosen that are filled with well-qualified parents, teachers, healthcare providers, administrators, and community members. One of the best steps in the adoption process is the public hearings in which everyone is given a fair opportunity to have looked at the Health and P. E. drafts publicly posted online and to express their praise, concerns, and suggestions.

To inform the public and to give them a chance to get involved with the adoption and public hearings process, here is an update:    

It is not official yet, but from what I am hearing, the mid-May Texas State Board of Education meeting on the Health and P. E. TEKS Review is going to be cancelled.

The last Workgroup (E) has had a huge challenge because they have been given the task of vertical/horizontal alignment and also of getting rid of duplicate TEKS. They have been having to meet on Zoom, and that has slowed down their progress which makes the mid-May SBOE meeting an impossibility.  

The tentative plan seems to be to have a discussion and a public hearing on June 29 – July 2, 2020 (Health and P. E. TEKS); this is a regularly scheduled SBOE meeting.

The 1st reading and discussion/public hearing on the Health and P. E. TEKS would take place at the regularly scheduled September SBOE meeting which is on the TEA website as Sept. 8 – 11, 2020.

The 2nd reading and final adoption of the Health and P. E. TEKS would take place at the Nov. 17 – 20, 2020 which is a regularly scheduled SBOE meeting.

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