The Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) today approved a sex education curriculum that hadn’t been revisited since the 1990s, sticking to an abstinence-plus standard. It largely rebuffs the leftward advocates who called for inclusion of gender identity, sexual orientation, and some abortion-related information.
After marathon sessions of public testimony that capped a months-long journey of relentless revision, the final vote was 15-0 to approve the Health Education Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS).
“This was an incredibly heavy lift,” SBOE Chair Keven Ellis (R-District 9) said.
Most of the conflict took place while members of the board proposed amendments to the body throughout the week. A number of motions to include comprehensive sex education failed by split margins.
Marisa B. Perez-Diaz (D-District 3) unsuccessfully