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ACTION ALERT – August 24, 2020

“Committed Relationships” are equivalent to marriage

in the Proposed Health TEKS

Speak Up Now!

Note: This is my third Action Alert regarding the proposed K-12 Health curriculum standards. If you didn’t receive the first two, email me at If you contacted the (SBOE) after reading these alerts, thank you! Please share this with your friends!

ACTION STEP: Contact the State Board of Education (SBOE) to express your concerns at  

Health Curriculum Standards Revision Process

Since the process began last year, five work groups have made revisions to the K-12 Health curriculum standards – known as the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).

The State Board of Education (SBOE) will hold a public hearing on September 8th on the standards and will adopt the standards in November.

Marriage is portrayed as equivalent to “committed relationships.

The Health TEKS include Student Expectations (SEs] for each subject area and grade level.  SEs regarding marriage under the topic “Reproductive and sexual health” include:

6th Grade – “describe how healthy marriages or committed relationships can contribute to healthy families and communities” (page 44)

7th and 8th Grade – describe the benefits of healthy marriages or committed relationships, including companionship, social, emotional, financial, and health benefits”

Health 1 (high school health) – “describe how a healthy marriage or committed relationship can provide a supportive environment for the nurturing and development of children”

What You Can Do:

It is crucial for the State Board of Education (SBOE) to hear from you. A coalition of 27 groups is promoting egregious sex education for Texas children.

1.   Contact the State Board of Education (SBOE) to express your concerns at  

Sample email to send to school board members: (Please put this in your own words.)

    Marriage and “committed relationships” are not equivalent; yet, that’s how they are portrayed in the proposed Health TEKS. Telling children that they are equivalent violates the Texas Family Code 151, which gives parents the right to direct their children’s moral and religious training. It is the wrong message for Texas children. Please vote against this!

2.     Plan to testify at the SBOE hearings September 8 and November.

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