Update: Senate is now set to vote on a bill, SB 1348 that undermines authority of the SBOE. Click here for more information on defeating SB 1348. https://texaslegislativeupdate.wordpress.com/
2:00 p.m. Update: We are now being told that this bill will not come up for a vote. Thanks for stepping up!
“Protect the SBOE” Calls Needed Today!
Please call the members of the House Public Education Committee and ask them to oppose HB 3257, by Democrat State Representative, Mark Strama (D-Austin). There is pressure to pass this bill out of committee as all other bills that strip away power and authority from the State Board of Education have not moved forward. HB 3257 puts the Texas Legislature in the position of telling the elected SBOE members when and how the SBOE is allowed to make changes and corrections to the curriculum standards, such as Social Studies, after unelected review teams make their changes to the curriculum.
You’ll recall that the elected SBOE saved from elimination the following: Christmas, the Liberty Bell, Neil Armstrong, Albert Einstein, Jonas Salk and used their current operating procedures to ensure accurate teaching about religious freedom language in the First Amendment of the Constitution. The elected SBOE has their own operating rules and their ability to decide the content of such operating rules should not be stripped by the Texas Legislature, in regards to amendments to curriculum standards or any other matter within their rules.
|Chair:||Rep. Rob Eissler (R-The Woodlands) 512-463-0797|
|Vice Chair:||Rep. Scott Hochberg (D-Houston) 512-463-0492|
|Members:||Rep. Alma Allen (D-Houston) 512-463-0744|
|Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen) 512-463-0684|
|Rep. Harold V. Dutton, Jr. (D-Houston) 512-463-0510|
|Rep. Ryan Guillen (D-Ri0 Grande City) 512-463-0416|
|Rep. Dan Huberty (R-Kingwood) 512-463-0520|
|Rep. Mark Shelton(R-Fort Worth)512-463-0608|
|Rep. Todd Smith (R-Bedford) 512-463-0522|
|Rep. Mark Strama (D-Austin-Bill Author) 512-463-0821|
|Rep. Randy Weber (R-Pearland) 512-463-0707|