Republican State Sen. Mayes Middleton of Galveston is calling out the Texas Association of School Boards for its updated legal guidance advising government schools to affirm gender confusion in minors.

TASB is a statewide taxpayer-funded lobbying group for school officials that provides products and services to school districts. All 1,024 Texas school boards are TASB members and pay their dues to TASB with tax dollars.

Earlier this year, Texas Scorecard reported on the new legal guidance released by TASB. The organization updated a 13-page document advising school districts on the “legal rights of transgender students.” 

The document provided a glossary for multiple terms, such as “gender nonconforming,” “gender expression,” and “sex assigned at birth.” It also described puberty-blocking drugs and cross-sex hormones as accepted treatments for both minors and adults. 

TASB also instructed schools to allow gender-confused students to use the restroom of the opposite sex, even if other students and their parents raise concerns.

Additionally, the organization advised public school employees to use a student’s “preferred name” at school, while using their legal name on official documents in case the parents disapprove of the student’s “gender identity.”

Middleton raised alarms on X, saying this document is why TASB should no longer have the ability to train school boards in the state. 

“Shocking training document for Texas school boards reads like it was written by the Biden administration and their radical gender ideology war to harm kids and run over parents,” wrote Middleton. “Taxpayer funded lobbying group, Texas Association of School Board (TASB), says boys can go in girls restrooms and showers, and that schools may be able to hide information from parents about a child trying to change their gender at school.” 

“This document is Exhibit A why TASB should no longer get to train every school board in this state,” he added.  

Despite TASB’s guidance, Katy Independent School District, Carroll ISD, and Keller ISD adopted policies that separate bathrooms and other personal spaces by birth sex and gave guidance on handling gender ideology in schools. 

In addition to restroom guidance, Katy ISD’s policy ensured that pronouns used are based on the child’s biological sex, and faculty are prohibited from teaching or providing instructional materials on gender ideology. 

Carroll ISD and Keller ISD’s policies enacted a prohibition on teachers being compelled to use ‘preferred pronouns.”

In March, Carroll ISD was the first school district to announce they would be leaving TASB by the end of 2023. 

State Rep. Brian Harrison (R-Midlothian) has called on other districts to follow Carroll’s example.

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.