As children across the state are inundated with harmful ideologies in their classrooms, Texas Scorecard reached out to all of the Republican candidates in the runoff election for the state Legislature to ask whether they would support a Parental Rights in Education bill.

Florida recently passed the Parental Rights in Education bill that prohibits discussions surrounding gender ideology and sexual orientation in kindergarten through third-grade classrooms.

Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick promised a similar bill would be on the agenda for the 88th Legislative Session, while House Speaker Dade Phelan has so far scoffed at the idea.

Senate District 24

Pete Flores

School is where the fundamentals, the ‘three R’s,’ should be taught and mastered. It is no place for political or ideological indoctrination of any kind. I stand with the conservative majority in the Texas Senate who have made this abundantly clear. Our education system is failing to serve our children when too many are not reading at their grade level, yet lesson plans cover gender dysphoria and critical race theory. Get back to the basics and leave the ‘woke’ progressive nonsense in the trash bin where it belongs.”

Raul Reyes

 “I would support a Parental Rights in Education bill that protects elementary school children from discussions about gender ideology and sexual orientation in the classroom.”

House District 12

Kyle Kacal did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

 

Ben Bius

 “Yes, when elected, I will support a similar bill in the Texas Legislature.”

House District 17

Neither Paul Pape nor Stan Gerdes responded to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

House District 19

Justin Berry did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

Ellen Troxclair

Yes, I absolutely support this bill. Young children should be learning math, reading, and science in the classroom. There is no excuse for forcing conversations about sexual orientation on to elementary school children, especially behind the backs of parents.”

House District 23

Terri Leo-Wilson

“Yes, I will prioritize parental rights and fight to pass a bill similar to the Florida legislation. The classroom is for learning, not promoting sexual behavior and gender transitions.”

Patrick Gurski

Yes. I would support this legislation.”

House District 52

Patrick McGuinness

“Yes, I would support Texas enacting a Parental Rights in Education bill similar to the one Florida passed. We should protect our kids by keeping sexuality and radical gender ideology out of early elementary grades, making sure all instruction is age-appropriate, and keeping parents informed and empowered regarding their children’s education.”

Caroline Harris

“I do absolutely support a Parental Rights in Education Bill. In particular, a bill that protects elementary school children from discussions about gender ideology and sexual orientation in the classroom. The left is waging a war on our children as so clearly outlined recently by Disney’s production staff. We must all work together to protect our children.”

House District 60

Glenn Rogers did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

Mike Olcott

“I would support Texas enacting a Parental Rights in Education bill similar to the one Florida passed. I do not see any issue whatsoever with prohibiting extreme ‘gender and sexuality’ ideology in our elementary schools. I support prioritizing parents and working to keep them engaged and informed in their child’s education in our public schools.”

House District 61

Frederick Frazier did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

 

Paul Chabot

“Yes.”

House District 63

Neither Jeff Younger nor Ben Bumgarner responded to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.  

House District 70

Jamee Jolly did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

Eric Bowlin

Yes, once elected, I will support a Parental Rights bill that protects elementary school children from any discussion about gender ideology and or sexual orientation.”

House District 73

Barron Casteel did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

Carrie Isaac

I support Florida’s legislation, but I believe it doesn’t go far enough—indoctrinating students about gender identity is inappropriate at any grade level, not just kindergarten through third grade. Fortunately, in Texas, state law prohibits schools from discussing sex without express written consent from parents. Of course, the law doesn’t always concern the radical left, but it gives the state strong recourse to stop inappropriate and activist material from infiltrating our schools—such as what recently happened in Austin ISD with ‘Pride Week,’ where students were urged to celebrate homosexuality and even instructed to keep class discussions secret from their parents.

“As state representative, I will work to ensure our education system respects parents’ rights and prioritizes quality education, not political agendas.”

House District 84

Carl Tepper did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry. 

David Glasheen

Yes, I support such a policy, because we must protect our children.”

House District 85

Phil Stephenson

Yes, I would support a Parental Rights in Education bill. Absolutely!”

Stan Kitzman

“I would support a bill that protects our children from discussions about gender ideology and sexual orientation in the classroom against the wishes of their parents.”

House District 91

Stephanie Klick did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.   

David Lowe

Not only will I support such a bill, I will gladly author it. The left is serious about destroying our kids. It’s time for all Republicans to get just as serious about stopping them.”

House District 93

Laura Hill

“Schools should NOT teach gender identity and sexual orientation to young elementary school children. It is totally inappropriate and not the role of our public school system. I support parental rights because we know what is best for our children.”

Nate Schatzline

“I would absolutely support a bill that protects the rights of parents to have the final say in their child’s education. It’s time to take a stand against the transgender agenda in our education system. Children should be learning how to read and write, not gender ideology or orientation. Regardless of what the science denying left wing media would Tell you, There are 2 genders, a man and a woman. The teaching of transgenderism in not only wrong, but it is a grooming tactic.” 

House District 122

Elisa Chan did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s inquiry.

Mark Dorazio

Yes, I would support this legislation.”

House District 133

Mano DeAyala

“Yes. Protecting young children from discussions about gender ideology and sexuality is just common-sense and unfortunately needed to combat the left’s extreme agenda. If elected, I will also support a Parent Bill of Rights to provide curriculum transparency and empower parents, not bureaucrats and ideologues. A child’s education standard should not be limited to their zip code. Parents should be able to choose the best education for their children. Parents should have confidence their children are receiving an education that allows them to be successful contributors to their families and society whether they are preparing for college, a technical profession, or other service. Parents should also be able to easily access curriculum and materials and expect to be treated with respect by teachers, administrators, and elected board members.”

Shelley Torian Barineau

“I am absolutely in favor of a Parental Rights in Education bill similar to the one passed in Florida. Teaching K-3 Texas children about gender identity and sexuality in school is inappropriate. We should be teaching our children reading, writing, math, science and civics so they can build a foundation of learning to compete in an ever-increasing competitive global economy.” 

The primary runoff elections are slated to take place on May 24.