Tex. SBOE Votes Against Radical Sex Ed and Politicized Language in Science TEKS

Sep 27, 2020 by

“Tex. SBOE Votes Against Radical Sex Ed and Politicized Language in Science TEKS”

From Donna Garner

9.27.20  

COMMENTS FROM DONNA GARNER:  Below is an excellent article from Texas Values that updates the public on decisions made by the Texas State Board of Education at its September Board meeting (9.8.20 – 9.11.20).  

In that meeting, the SBOE members voted in the majority (6 to 9) to keep LGBTQ statements out of the new Health Education TEKS. The only Republican who voted with the Democrats was Matt Robinson, and I encourage Texans to contact him immediately and voice their displeasure with his lack of good judgment (mrobinson0903@netzero.net).

We must not sit back and relax. The SBOE is to have one more round of public hearings at its Nov. 17 – 20 Board meeting before the final (Second Reading) vote is taken on the Health Ed TEKS, the P. E. Ed TEKS, and the Science TEKS.

You can bet that the leftists will be out in full force to get their agenda into all three sets of TEKS. 

Please consider testifying at the Nov. 17 – 20 Board meeting.

The First Reading versions of the Health Ed TEKS, the P. E. Ed TEKS, and the Science TEKS (approved by the majority of SBOE members in the Sept. meeting) should be posted soon on the Texas Education Agency’s website:  https://tea.texas.gov/academics/curriculum-standards/teks-review/health-education-teks-review

The following TEA link gives the public the current information that they need:  https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/leadership/state-board-of-education

To add clarity to the excellent Texas Values article (posted below), I have taken the liberty to make a few formatting changes and corrections/additions.  

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9.17.20 – Texas Values

“SBOE Votes Against Radical Sex Education in Health and in Politicized Science”

By Mary Elizabeth Castle

Excerpts from this article:

The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) made progress last week in protecting the education of Texas public school students. The Board took up the topics of High School Science courses and Health standards for K-12 students, which include sex education.

The actions by the board are considered a victory due to rejecting an effort by liberals to add the term “social justice” to the Science TEKS. 

The Board also affirmed abstinence-based sex education by not approving member amendments that would have added new language related to sexual orientation, gender identity, and abortion.

Similar to the June meeting, the SBOE heard hours of testimony from radical groups like “Texas Freedom Network” and “Jane’s Due Process” who were upset and disappointed that the most recent draft did not include support for comprehensive sex education [a.k.a., promotion for the use of every form of contraception], LGBTQ issues, and abortion.

Despite testimony in favor of so-called comprehensive sex education, the Board heard from many parents and citizens about how they do not want the topics of LGBTQ and abortion taught in public school Health classes.

A local Austin Pastor testified on how he was against comprehensive sex education and how the Planned Parenthood curriculum is too graphic for students. Other parents from Austin ISD testified how the school district left parents in the dark about teaching radical sex education curriculum that did not align with their family values.

Thankfully, the Board resisted the push to add comprehensive sex education (which typically includes promoting drug-based forms of contraception that can have deadly side effects), LGBTQ issues, and abortion.

Members amended the draft to define “abstinence” as “refraining from all sexual activity and genital contact between individuals” according to a definition from the Department of Health and Human Services.

Members also added [wording] … to the Health TEKS that teaches students the economic benefits of graduating from high school, getting a job, and getting married before having children…

[SBOE members also voted to reject a new concept supported by the left called “committed relationships.”  The left wanted that term to be synonymous with the term “marriages” in lessons that teach children the benefits of healthy marriages and how they contribute to healthy families and communities.

The SBOE voted against adding the term “committed relationships” because there is no data supporting the equivalence of this term with marriage.  There was also the concern that the term is so broad it could be applied to teens who have dated only two weeks but who might think that term fits them.

The vote to delete the term “committed relationships” was passed 10-2 with the bipartisan support of Democrat Member Lawrence Allen who voiced agreement with teaching students about the benefits of healthy marriages.]

Member Ruben Cortez (D-Brownsville) made several amendments regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.  One amendment he made had the unscientific claim that sex is “assigned” at birth [when it is actually “sex” – male or female – that is decided permanently at birth.]   

All of the proposed amendments with LGBTQ language failed. The amended Health TEKS passed 10-0 for first reading and filing authorization.

The Board was also successful in rejecting the topic of “social justice” from the high school Science TEKS.  Social justice has been a venue for many…[political-left] advocacy issues to enter the classroom and overall is not a subject appropriate for Science.

Many content advisors who provide expertise on the Science TEKS expressed to the Board members their disapproval of “social justice” being in the topic of Science.  SBOE member Barbara Cargill moved to have the term  “social justice” removed.

The Board approved the new Science standards (First Reading) for high school with a vote of 13-0.

The work on these subjects is not over. There will be a final vote [and opportunity to testify] in November. There is still time to contact your SBOE members (https://tea.texas.gov/about-tea/leadership/state-board-of-education/sboe-board-members/sboe-members ) and thank them for their work and also ask them to continue to resist adding LGBTQ issues, abortion, and other comprehensive sex education issues to the Health TEKS.

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