Texas GOP platform calls for ban on teaching “sexual matters,” while requiring students to learn about “dignity of the preborn human”
The party planks specify what the Texas GOP believes students should and should not be taught in the classroom about gender and sex, signaling further shifts to the right. Critics say such policies would be harmful and discriminatory.
Texas gives preliminary approval for revised school sex ed policy that excludes LGBTQ issues
The Texas State Board of Education discussed and took a preliminary vote on sex education standards this week. Currently, learning about birth control methods beyond abstinence is only a requirement in high school, where health education is an optional course. About 39% of Texas high school students report having had sex, but less than half of them used condoms and a small percentage used birth control pills. Over the last several months, panels of educators and medical professionals formulated recommendations to overhaul the health and sex education policies. "I don't think at the high school level we can afford to be cryptic with regards to our youth," said Marisa Perez-Diaz, a Converse Democrat.