This week, Texas Values sent out a letter to all Texas School Districts to inform them of new Texas laws taking effect on September 1, 2023. Similar to other legislative sessions, hundreds of bills were passed by legislators affecting public education. Some particularly important bills are included below with expanded discussion and analysis from our law and policy team:
- HB 2012 – Protecting the Right to Display “In God We Trust” signs in the classroom
- HB 1605 – Allowing Parental Access to School Materials and Putting Texas State Board of Education in Control of Materials Selection
- HB 900 – the READER Act
- SB 763 – School Chaplain Volunteers
- Texas Education Code 28.004 – Parental Opt-In for Sex Education
- SB 29 – Ban on COVID-19 Mandates
- SB 15 – Save Women’s Sports Act 88th Legislature
- HB 25 – Save Girls’ Sports Act 87th Legislature
Jonathan Saenz, President and Attorney for Texas Values stated:
“As school students and educators settle in, important new Texas laws that protect parental rights, displaying our National Motto, and keeping libraries free of explicit sexual content will go into effect soon. Texas Values is committed to working alongside families and schools so the focus is on education, and not indoctrination.”
The Legislature’s intent was to protect students and restore parental rights, with effective education always at the forefront of the agenda. We are looking forward to public school districts implementing this legislation as intended while focusing on core competencies and transparency with parents and taxpayers.
Members of the Texas Values policy team are available for comment. Contact email@example.com.