JANUARY 14, 2020
This week, the State Board of Education members are debating updates to Texas’ current sex and health education policies. In response to this important legislation, the North Texas Alliance to Reduce Unintended Pregnancy in Teens (Ntarupt) CEO Terry Greenberg has issued this response:
The time to act and make this change for their futures is NOW. The need for medically accurate, comprehensive, age-appropriate sex education information for youth in Texas is NOW.
And for the first time since 1994, the Texas State Board of Education is revising statewide standards for teaching about sex education. This is a once-in-a-generation opportunity to change course and adopt a medically accurate sex-ed curriculum that includes information on birth control and is inclusive of all people, including LGBTQ people.
The graph above is stark evidence of what has happened as a result of the State of Texas failing to prepare our youth with medically accurate sexuality education and make it required. It is no mystery why Texas has consistently hovered in the bottom 5 states for high teen birth rates and the very bottom for repeat teen births. STI rates for young people are also skyrocketing in Dallas and in Texas.
These statistics demand that we get comfortable with our discomfort and start countering the host of misinformation flying at kids from smartphones, media, and their peers. They need to be prepared now for the rest of their lives.
While the State Legislature, State Board of Education (SBOE) and the Texas Education Agency all play a role in Texas sex education for students, the most important role if the one YOU have. The SBOE is reviewing health education standards for the first time in 20 years.
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Call, email or write your SBOE member and let them know you support updated health TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills) that include information on advanced in HIV prevention, contraception, consent, and LGBTQ+ inclusivity.
The State Board of Education is meeting this year to revise the standards for sex education. It is crucial that you tell your State Board of Education representative that you want teens to receive non-shaming, medically accurate information that has science and best practices embedded in it.
Want to make sure Texas students get the information they deserve? Contact your State Board of Education representative and tell them you support updated health Texas sex education standards for our Texas youth.
There are 15 state Board of Education members who are elected by Texans to four-year terms of office. Each member represents about 1.8 million Texans. The board members are listed by district at Texas Education Agency (TEA).