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Don’t Let a School Mask Mandate Prohibition Become Law (HB 141) (update)

ISSUE Note: Updated to reflect that HB 141 has been referred to the House Public Education Committee. The Texas GOP is trying to put into law Greg Abbott’s current executive order regarding mask mandates. This bill is fodder for the far, far right-wing base. The data is clear–masks help stop the spread of COVID-19–and schools […]

Stop Attacks on Transgender Children! (SB 29) (4)

ISSUE SB 29 bans transgender children from participating in student athletics teams that match their gender identities, excluding them from the friendship, education, teamwork, and health benefits of playing a sport. Worse, it would allow anyone–coach, fan or player–to accuse and humiliate any child (especially girls) of not belonging, potentially leading to accused children being […]

Protect Public Education

The quality of public education in Texas is under threat from several bills. Other bills that would improve public education will die if they are not heard and approved this week. The Bad HB 3979 would severely limit how educators teach history and social studies. It would also keep students from participating in civic activities […]

Anti-Voter HB 6 and SB 7 In the House

ISSUE House Bill 6 is a massive voter suppression bill that strips power from counties and criminalizes mistakes by folks who want to help voters. It passed out of the House Elections Committee through a murky and underhanded process. (Four committee members have written to the United States Attorney General to ask for an investigation.) […]

Reduce Excessive Standardized Testing (HB 3668)

ISSUE In the 1990s, Texas pioneered using extensive, high-stakes standardized tests as a tool to improve schools. The results have been mixed—standardized-test scores have increased, but college professors find students are less prepared for the kind of deep learning that will lead to successful careers. Texas requires more standardized tests than federal law requires, and […]