TCTA | State board rejects most health materials in preliminary vote
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State board rejects most health materials in preliminary vote

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In a preliminary vote Nov. 16, the State Board of Education rejected all but one of the proposed health instructional materials aligned with the new health and physical education TEKS that go into effect during the 2022-23 school year.

The new TEKS, which SBOE members approved last year, allow school districts to teach middle school students about other forms of birth control aside from abstinence.

The board heard hours of public testimony Tuesday outlining concerns about the proposed sex education materials, mostly centered around the belief that they did not do enough to present abstinence “as the preferred choice of behavior in relationship to all sexual activity for unmarried persons of school age” as required by current law.

The board voted 7-6 to place the K-5 instructional materials from Quaver Ed on the adopted materials list because they do not teach about sexual health or human sexuality. The other publishers were asked to communicate any changes to their instructional materials that they are willing to make in response to the public testimony, and the final vote will take place Friday, Nov. 19.

While districts are not required to purchase instructional materials on the state's adopted list, districts must ensure that the materials they use provide 100% coverage of the TEKS.