Texans who want to weigh in on the state’s revised curriculum standards for health education—including controversial sex education standards—need to act fast. The deadline for registering to give public testimony during next week’s meetings to revise the standards is this Friday, September 4.

The State Board of Education is meeting September 8-11 to consider and vote on revisions to public education standards—known as Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS)—for science, physical education, and health education.

At the June SBOE meeting, leftist advocacy groups like Texas Freedom Network and SEICUS (Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States) turned out in force to testify in favor of adding highly sexualized “LGBTQ+” and pro-abortion material to Texas’ public school curriculum, calling it a “once-in-a-generation opportunity to change course.”

The SBOE began working on revisions to the 1998 standards based on last year’s recommendations from the state education commissioner.

The draft health education TEKS set to be considered and voted on next week continues to focus on abstinence first, and does not include the radical sex-education content pushed by leftist activists.

Though the leftist groups plan to turn out again next week, so do citizens who want to keep pro-abortion instruction and explicit sexual content out of Texas schools.

Meeting agendas and a link to the livestream are posted on the Texas Education Agency website.

The deadline for signing up to testify is Friday, September 4, at 5:00 p.m.

Public testimony will be given virtually. Details about registering and testifying are available online or by calling (512) 463-9007.

Citizens can also share comments and concerns directly with their elected board representative. Find your SBOE member’s contact information here.

Erin Anderson

Erin Anderson is a Senior Journalist for Texas Scorecard, reporting on state and local issues, events, and government actions that impact people in communities throughout Texas and the DFW Metroplex. A native Texan, Erin grew up in the Houston area and now lives in Collin County.