New Texas Laws Start Soon: Public School Details Here

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

You can find a copy of the letter here.

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

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Joseph Menslage

As the President and Publisher of Katy and Fort Bend Christian Magazines, Joe Menslage is committed to covering social and political news from a Christian worldview. He founded Katy Christian Magazine in 2005, which swept the greater Houston and Katy areas like a storm. That’s when Joe realized the urgent need for publications willing to give voices to the voiceless, without political correctness or censorship. Joe Menslage founded sister-publication Fort Bend Christian Magazine in 2014. Prior to creating Katy Christian Magazine, Joe Menslage led a colorful life. He was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana, spent a great deal of his childhood in Colorado, and lived in a couple of other states before he moved to Houston in 1981. Joe was God-gifted with an entrepreneurial mind, and self-started other business ventures before he found his calling. In Joe’s words, our innate talents are given by the Lord, and are meant to be used to serve the Lord. Aside from being a President and Publisher, Joe Menslage is also the co-founder of Katy Christian Chamber of Commerce, where Christians can network, build business connections, listen to passionate speakers, and enjoy monthly breakfasts and lunches. Joe Menslage also hosts a weekly political satire YouTube channel. Joe Menslage has four children. Outside of work, he enjoys hiking, watching zombie movies and K dramas, ax-throwing and Krav Maga.