“Help Needed by Caring Texas Citizens: Health Education TEKS”

Aug 26, 2019 by

“Help Needed by Caring Texas Citizens: Health Education TEKS”

By Donna Garner

8.26.19

Texas is in the process of reviewing and/or revising its Health Education TEKS (curriculum standards) for Grades 1 through 8 and High School Health.  High School Health is not a state-required course, but districts may make it a graduation requirement. 

As expected, Planned Parenthood, Texas Freedom Network, and their minions are out in force to try to change our Texas Health TEKS to meet their own “sick” agenda.  Caring Texans must step up and make their voices heard.

To learn more about the entire Health Education TEKS review process, please go to: https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_%28TEKS%29_Review/Health_Education_TEKS_Review

HEALTH EDUCATION CONTENT STANDARDS EXPERTS

The Texas State Board of Education chose seven content experts. Two SBOE members had to agree on an expert for him/her to be selected.  One of these experts is a doctor recommended by the Medical Institute for Sexual Health. To see the report that the content experts and the Texas Commissioner of Education have made public, please go to this link: https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/Commissioner%20Recommendations%20for%20Health%20TEKS.pdf

The content experts will be the first to review the new proposed Health Education TEKS.  

TWO ACTION STEPS:

STEP #1 – Fill out the Health Education survey. Educators as well as members of the general public are encouraged to fill out the Health Education Survey which is due by Sept. 4, 2019.  The results of the survey will let the SBOE know what recommendations (if any) the public is making to the revisions of the Health Education TEKS.

To provide feedback regarding the Health Education TEKS, please submit the Health Education TEKS Survey which is available at:  https://tea.co1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_72SOlBHaGpgcKJD

To fill out the survey, you will need to refer to this link which contains the 1997-to-present Health Education curriculum standards for Texas (TEKS) — http://ritter.tea.state.tx.us/rules/tac/chapter115/index.html 

STEP #2 – Please apply to serve on the Health Education TEKS work groups. You do not have to be an educator to apply; however, educators are especially encouraged to apply.  Parents, medical personnel, and others may also apply.

The TEKS work groups will be composed of 5 to 7 people. After each work group goes over the proposed draft and completes its revisions/recommendations, the draft will then be sent on to the next work group.  The last work group may have the most influence on the final Health Education TEKS document.

The work groups will have a maximum of two days of meetings in Austin at two different times. These meetings could be within one month or over two different months with the possibility of one or two teleconference calls.  Expenses for hotel, travel, and meals will be provided.

Please consider applying for a Health Education TEKS work group and let your friends know about the opportunity also.  The application for the work groups can be accessed by clicking “Educator Review Committee Application.”  >From the dropdown box, you will need to choose the choice that fits you. The webpage says “Educator Committee Application Form.” However, if you are a non-educator or are not currently employed by a school district, please choose “Other” from the drop-down list.

https://tea.texas.gov/Academics/Curriculum_Standards/TEKS_Texas_Essential_Knowledge_and_Skills_(TEKS)_Review/Health_Education_TEKS_Review

Revisions to the Health Education TEKS document will be on line for the public to view.  There will be a 30-day comment period, and two public hearings will be held in front of the elected members of the Texas State Board of Education.  The final adoption by the SBOE is expected to be in 2020.

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