A new report shows that two influential teacher unions are coaching educators to inject radical gender ideology politics into their classrooms. 

According to the Defense of Freedom Institute, the National Education Association and the American Federation of Teachers are also encouraging educators to focus on race-based preferences in schools. 

In Texas, the NEA is affiliated with the Texas State Teachers Association, while AFT has its own chapter with multiple locations around the state. 

The new report by the Defense of Freedom Institute outlines how at AFT’s recent conference – Together Educating America’s Children (TEACH) – teachers were coached on installing gender ideology politics in their classrooms. Days before the conference, AFT adopted a resolution on LGBTQ issues that favored “age-appropriate and inclusive” bathroom and locker room policies. Additionally, the resolution stated AFT would support LGBT activist groups.

During the conference, teachers sat in on an “Education for Liberation: The Role of the Racially Conscious Educator and Combating Oppression” session to help teachers “improve their racial-equity leadership.” AFT also implored educators to undo their “unconscious racial bias.”

Meanwhile, the NEA released an article on its major publication NEA Today, where they propagated leftist descriptions of Florida’s law on parental rights in education. The union has claimed that prohibiting teachers from discussing sexuality with elementary school children would hinder their mental health. In the same article, the association criticized Texas Gov. Greg Abbott for ordering teachers to report parents for child abuse if they seek out gender-mutilation procedures for their children.

Brady Gray, the president of Texas Family Project, told Texas Scorecard that these teacher unions’ views help explain why so many Texans favor school choice initiatives.

“We live in a time where trust in public institutions is diminishing. It is not helpful that at seemingly every turn we learn of new ways teachers’ unions and their ilk are plotting to sabotage parental rights,” explained Gray. “It is no wonder that more than 85 percent of Republican primary voters support school choice efforts.”

NEA and AFT have not responded to a request for comment.

Emily Medeiros

Emily graduated from the University of Oklahoma majoring in Journalism. She is excited to use her research and writing skills to report on important issues around Texas.