Three bad bills for Texas Schoolchildren

On Tuesday, August 24th, three very bad bills will be heard in the Texas House Public Education Committee Meeting at 10:30 am. 

  • SB 3 (classroom censorship)- further limits students’ rights to information. It expands the previous censorship bill from impacting only social studies teachers to censoring all teachers.
  • SB 2 (anti-trans athletes)- reviving the anti-trans athlete bill that did not pass in the first session. This bill is discriminatory and the governor should not use children as pawns in his game of legislative chess. 
  • HB 28 (new bill mandating onerous parent disclosures about course content) 

Texas’ controversial new social studies law (HB 3979) prompts McKinney school officials to cancel Youth and Government class. 

And things may be about to get even worse for Texas schoolchildren.

But we can fight back. Here are THREE THINGS YOU CAN DO TONIGHT AND TOMORROW.

  1. Email or call your elected official. [click here to call.] SIMPLE SCRIPT HERE: “My name is ___ and I am a [parent, teacher, student, Texan.] Please vote against these bills and do everything in your parliamentary power to stop the advancement of these bills." 

  2. Testify in-person (if you feel comfortable doing so) or drop a card against the bill on the Capitol grounds. Please refer to this document from Texas Freedom Network detailing how to drop a card. You must be on Capitol wifi to drop a card, but you do not have to enter the building to gain access to the network

  3. Submit public comments on a bill via the public comment portal. Please follow this link to share your thoughts prior to the hearing here: Visit the Texas House public comments online portal.

    • In the Bills and Topics list, look for SB 3 and HB 28 under the Public Education committee list.
    • Write and submit a public comment on both bills.
    • The window for public comments closes at the end of the Public Education hearing Tuesday. That hearing starts at 10:30 a.m. tomorrow, so get your comments in now!

If you want to learn more about the specific effects of these bills before you call or submit public comment, here are some great resources from our friends at IDRA


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