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2014 Press Releases

10.20.2014 Publishers Make Some Corrections, But Problems Remain in Texas Textbook Adoption
10.10.2014 Texas Freedom Network Honors Strong Women Making History at 19th Annual Gala
09.15.2014 Proposed Texas Textbooks Distort Climate Change Facts
09.10.2014 Scholar Reviews Highlight Problems in Proposed Texas Social Studies Textbooks
07.15.2014 SBOE Politics as Usual: Textbook Review Once Again Corrupted by Lack of Expertise
06.30.2014 Supreme Court's Birth Control Decision Redefines Religious Freedom
06.03.2014 Bible Curriculum Backed by Hobby Lobby President Would Lead to Preaching, Not Teaching, in Public Schools
04.11.2014  Texas Freedom Network Statement on SBOE's Action on Ethnic Studies Courses for Public Schools
04.08.2014  Mexican-American Studies Course Would Be an Important Step Toward Teaching the Full History of America
03.25.2014  Allowing Employers to Impose Their Religious Views about Birth Control on Workers Isn't Religious Freedom
02.26.2014  Austin Pastor, TFN Board Member Praises Ruling for Marriage Equality in Texas
01.31.2014  New State Board of Education Textbook Adoption Rules Are a Modest Step in the Right Direction
01.16.2014  TFN President Calls on Education Commissioner to Launch Investigation into Texas Charter School Operator

2013 Press Releases

11.22.2013  Texas Textbook Adoption Is a Major Victory for Science Education
11.20.2013  TFN, Science Advocates to Texas SBOE: Don't Ignore Experts on Science Textbooks
10.16.2013  Publishers Resist Pressure to Undermine Evolution Coverage in Proposed Texas Science Textbooks
09.09.2013  Texas Reviewers Pressure Publishers on Evolution, Climate Change
08.13.2013  Scholars Give Proposed Biology Textbooks Thumbs Up on Evolution Coverage
07.09.2013  Petition Calls on Gov. Perry to Add Sex Education to Call for Special Session
06.27.2013  TFN President: Gov. Perry Lectures Wendy Davis While Failing to Address the Teen Pregnancy Disaster in Texas
06.04.2013  TFN President Criticizes Sen. Patrick for Harassing School Districts and Teachers Over CSCOPE
05.27.2013  Culture Wars Took a Back Seat to Solving Real Problems in 2013 Legislative Session
05.20.2013  CSCOPE Surrender Throws Hundreds of School Districts Under the Bus
05.15.2013  TFN Statement on Texas House Endorsement of Discrimination
04.19.2013  TFN President: SBOE Resolution Sends Strong Message Against Private School Vouchers
04.18.2013  SBOE Review of CSCOPE Curriculum System Already Raising Red Flags
04.17.2013  HB 285 Promotes Academic Fraud, Not Academic Freedom
04.04.2013  Texas Freedom Network President Praises House Passage of Budget Amendment Barring Public Funds for Private School Vouchers
03.14.2013  TFN President Calls on Texas Attorney General to Decline Award from Extremist Leader's Group
03.12.2013  TFN President Criticizes Senate Committee Passage of Reckless Anti-Sex Education Bill Today
03.04.2013  Texas Clergy Support Broad Access to Birth Control
02.19.2013  Poll: Broad Support in Texas for State-Funded Family Planning Services, Women's Access to Birth Control
02.19.2013  Encuesta: Amplio apoyo de hispanos en Texas para que el estado financie planificacion familiar y acceso a anticonceptivos
02.11.2013  SBOE Chair's Science Comments at Hearing Highlight Concerns over Her Appointment
02.07.2013  Proposed Legislation Adds News and Unnecessary Obstacles for Effective Sex Education in Texas Schools
02.05.2013  Texas SBOE Chair: Texts Should Teach 'Other Side' on Evolution
01.16.2013  Failure to Implement 2007 Legislation Undermines Study of the Bible in Texas Public Schools

2012 Press Releases

12.19.2012  TFN President: Tax Credit Vouchers Are a Racket That Benefits Corporations But Not Kids
11.07.2012  New Faces Must Take Texas State Board of Education in a New Direction
10.03.2012  TFN to Honor Biotech Entrepreneur, Youth Leaders at 17th Annual Celebration
10.01.2012  TFN Endorses 11 in Texas State Board of Education Elections
08.24.2012  TFN President Tells Senate Education Committee to Stop Wasting Time on Voucher Schemes
08.09.2012  TFN Commends Thomas Nelson Publishing for Pulling David Barton's Distorted Book on Thomas Jefferson
05.30.2012 Statement from TFN President Kathy Miller on State Board of Education Primary Results
04.02.2012  Fundraisers for Texas SBOE Incumbent's Campaign Raise Questions
01.10.2012  Pulitzer-Winning Columnist Leonard Pitts to Speak in Houston on January 25
01.10.2012  January 25 Symposium Explores Religion in the 2012 Elections

2011 Press Releases

12.08.2011  State Approval of Christian-Themed License Plate Disrespectful of Christianity, Religious Freedom
11.21.2011  Encouraging Shift on Sex Education in Texas Schools
11.07.2011  TFN President: New Report Confirms Texas SBOE's Failure on Curriculum Standards
10.05.2011  TFN Honors Senator, Austin Activists at 16th Annual Gala
09.20.2011  David Barton Tries to Suppress Free Speech
09.09.2011  TFNEF Analysis: New Law Could Bring Sea Change to Textbook Adoptions in Texas
08.18.2011  TFN President: Gov. Perry's Claims About Teaching Creationism in Texas Incorrect, Irresponsible
08.15.2011  TFN President Applauds Final Version of Publisher's Science Materials
08.04.2011  Thousands Send Message to Gov. Perry: Stop Using Faith as a Political Weapon to Divide Americans
07.22.2011  TFN President Kathy Miller: Texas Kids, Sound Science Education Triumph in SBOE Vote
07.21.2011  Education Advocates Stand Up for Sound Science in Texas
07.19.2011  TFN President Expresses Concerns About Continuing Problems at State Board of Education
07.01.2011  Gov. Perry Puts Politics Ahead of Education by Appointing Cargill As SBOE Chair
05.19.2011  Ms. Foundation Honors TFN President
05.13.2011  Creationists Target Science Instructional Materials in Texas
05.04.2011  National Day to Prevent Teen Pregnancy: Time to Stop Ignoring the Problem in Texas
04.25.2011  Proposed Instructional Materials Put Science Education, Public Schools at Risk in Texas
04.13.2011  Time to Put College and Workforce Readiness Ahead of Politics in Curriculum Standards
03.11.2011  TFN President Kathy Miller: New Leadership Needed on State Board of Education
02.16.2011  TFN President: Fordham Analysis Confirms That New Social Studies Standards Are a Disaster for Texas Schools
01.20.2011  Creationist Group Pushes Anti-Evolution Materials in Texas Science Classes
01.04.2011  TFN Statement on Texas House Speaker's Race

2010 Press Releases

09.24.2010  TFN President Condemns Board's Passage of Anti-Islam Resolution
09.20.2010  Clergy Condemn Proposed Anti-Islam Resolution
09.13.2010  TFN Education Fund Releases Voter Guide
08.10.2010  TFN Joins National Groups Opposing Politicization of Curriculum Standards in Texas
07.13.2010  Statewide Survey Shows Overwhelming Support for Reforming the SBOE Curriculum Revision Process in Texas
05.21.2010  Texas Ed Board Guts Instruction on Key Constitutional Protection for Religious Freedom
05.21.2010  Texas Ed Board Member Uses Prayer to Make a Political Point
05.20.2010  Poll: Big Majority of Texas Voters See Church-State Separation as Important, Want Teachers and Scholars to Set Curriculum Standards
05.19.2010  Lawmakers, Civil Rights Leaders, Parents Call on SBOE to Send Curriculum Standards Back to Experts
05.14.2010  Proposed New Changes to Social Studies Standards Rewrite History, Promote Fringe Political Arguments
05.12.2010  Clergy Call on SBOE to Promote Religious Freedom
04.26.2010  New Dunbar Comments Highlight Extremism on Texas State Board of Education
03.19.2010  SBOE Chair Lowe’s Explanation for Dropping Jefferson from Standard Doesn’t Hold Water
03.12.2010  TFN President: Curriculum Process Is Seriously Broken, Dominated by Politics and Incompetence
03.11.2010  Texas SBOE Rejects Religious Freedom in Social Studies Curriculum
03.03.2010  TFN President: Voters on Tuesday Rejected ‘Culture War’ Battles on Education Board
01.15.2010  SBOE Pushes Politics in Social Studies Standards
01.13.2010  TFN, Clergy, Scholars Call on SBOE to Protect Religious Freedom in Social Studies Curriculum Standards

2009 Press Releases

12.09.2009   TFN Statement on Dunbar Decision Not to Seek Re-election to SBOE Seat
10.14.2009   TFN President Calls on Legislature to Investigate SBOE Ethics Concerns
07.10.2009   Texas Freedom Network Statement on Appointment of Gail Lowe as SBOE Chair
05.28.2009   TFN Statement on the Senate’s Rejection of Don McLeroy’s Confirmation as SBOE Chairman
05.20.2009   TFN Statement on Senate Committee Approval of McLeroy’s Nomination as SBOE Chair
05.20.2009   TFN President Criticizes Failure of House to Require Medically Accurate Information in Sex Ed Classes
05.06.2009   TFN President Strongly Condemns House Rejection of SBOE Sunset Bill
04.30.2009   SBOE-Appointed Social Studies 'Experts' Lack Credentials, Denounce Public Education, Support Bible-Based Laws
04.27.2009   Texas Freedom Network Statement on House Passage of Permanent School Fund Measures
04.17.2009   House Reaffirms Strong Opposition to Vouchers in Texas with Overwhelming Vote
04.01.2009   Putting Chains on Stem Cell Research Would Hurt Texas Families and Economy
03.31.2009   TFN President Calls for Passage of Sex Ed Reform Bills
03.27.2009   TFN President: Texas State Board of Education Adopts Flawed Science Standards
03.19.2009   Parents, Clergy, Scientists Call for Sound Science Standards as Lawmakers Consider Major Reforms for Texas Ed Board
03.18.2009   TFN President Condemns Shocking Book Endorsement by SBOE Chairman
03.16.2009   TFN President Calls on Lawmakers to Reject Anti-Science Legislation
03.03.2009   House Committee Passage of SBOE Broadcast Bill Is Key Step in Shining Light on Politicization of Education Policy
02.24.2009   New Study: Texas Failing Families, Teens on Sexuality Education
02.13.2009   Statement from TFN President Kathy Miller on Evolution Poll
01.23.2009   SBOE Vote Against 'Strengths and Weaknesses' Language Represents Major Victory for Science Education

2008 Press Releases

12.04.2008   SBOE Chair Should Remove Dunbar from Instruction Committee
11.19.2008   TFN Joins Academic, Business, Faith Leaders in Calling on SBOE to Reject Renewed Attacks on Evolution in Science Standards
11.17.2008   Survey of Texas University Faculty: Overwhelming Opposition to Watering Down Evolution in School Science Curriculum
11.03.2008   TFN President Calls on State Ed Board Member to Retract Charge that the Democratic Presidential Nominee Is a Traitor
10.15.2008   Texas State Board of Education Puts Strident Anti-Evolution Critics on Science Standards Review Panel
09.23.2008   TFN Applauds Pro-Science Draft Curriculum Standards
08.28.2008   Texas Freedom Network Statement on AG Ruling on Public School Bible Classes
08.11.2008   TEA Dropout Recovery Voucher Scheme Is Political Payback for James Leininger
07.18.2008   SBOE Throws School Districts Under the Bus
07.09.2008   Texas Attorney General Can't Certify Bible Courses Will Be Constitutional
05.27.2008   'Dropout Recovery Program' Could Lead to Private School Voucher Scheme in Texas
05.23.2008   Divisive Curriculum Revision Process Exposes Dysfunctional State Board of Education, TFN President Says
05.21.2008   Adult Stem Cells Are Only Part of Groundbreaking Medical Research Needing Support
04.23.2008   TFN Statement on Public Hearing about the Institute for Creation Research
04.21.2008   University Faculty: No Certification for Group's Creation 'Science' Master's Degree
03.27.2008   SBOE Must Comply with the Law on Bible Class Standards
03.26.2008   TFN Urges Rejection of Reading Lists in New Language Arts Standards
03.11.2008   Council Leaves the Door Open to Voucher Schemes
03.05.2008   Odessa Lawsuit Agreement Confirms TFN Warnings about Deeply Flawed Bible Course
02.12.2008   Board Chairman Recklessly Throws Away Two Years of Work, Taxpayer Dollars on Curriculum Revision
02.07.2008   Far-Right Groups See Major Funding Increases Since 1998
02.05.2008   Texas Clergy Promote Sound Science in Public Schools
01.10.2008   TFN Asks IRS to Investigate Foundation Linked to Texas Restoration Project

2007 Press Releases

12.10.2007   TFN Calls on Texas Education Commissioner to Clarify Remarks on Forced Resignation of TEA Science Director
11.16.2007   TFN Calls on Attorney General to Enforce Textbook Law
11.05.2007   Attacks on Cancer Research Funding Proposal an Example of Political Extremism Blocking Responsible Medical Research
08.07.2007   Recorded Lecture Reveals New Texas Education Board Chair's Hostility To Science, Religious Tolerance
07.17.2007   Texas Freedom Network Statement on McLeroy as SBOE Chair
05.28.2007   Texas Freedom Network Statements on End of 80th Regular Session of Texas Legislature
05.23.2007   Texas Freedom Network Statement on Senate Passage of Bible Class Bill
05.16.2007   Odessa Bible Class Lawsuit a Result of Reckless Decisions by Local Officials
05.08.2007   House Passage of Committee's Bible Class Bill Is a Victory for Religious Freedom in Texas
04.30.2007   TFN Statement on House Bill 3678
04.19.2007   Texas Freedom Network Applauds House Committee Action on Bible Class Bill
04.16.2007   TFN Condemns Irresponsible Vote for Ban on Stem Cell Research Funding
04.12.2007   TFN Launches Statewide Petition Campaign Supporting Stem Cell Research
04.03.2007   Proposed Bill on Bible Classes Could Endanger Religious Freedom, Put Schools in Legal Jeopardy
03.29.2007   Proposed Massive Pilot Voucher Program Takes Aim at Urban School Districts
03.29.2007   House Vote Slams Door Shut on Voucher Schemes
03.28.2007   Autism Voucher Scheme Would Undermine Special Education Efforts in Texas Public Schools
03.13.2007   Special Education Initiatives, Not Vouchers, Are Real Solution for Students with Disabilities
03.07.2007   TFN Statement: Bill Protects Stem Cell Research, Gives Hope to Patients and Families
02.28.2007   Vouchers Are Not the Solution for Families of Children with Autism
02.21.2007   Texas Freedom Network Calls for Strong Oversight, Accountability Measures in Expansion of Faith-Based Initiative in State
02.14.2007   Chisum Launches Attack On Evolution
02.12.2007   Proposed Bill Favors Deeply Flawed Bible Curriculum in Texas Public Schools
02.09.2007   Rep. Chisum Contradicts Himself on Gay Foster Families
02.07.2007   TFN President Responds to Pro-Voucher Propaganda Event
02.02.2007   Gov. Perry’s Decision Is Acknowledgment that Health and Science Should Not Be Held Hostage to Politics
01.09.2007   Challenge to Speaker Sent a Message: Put the People’s Interests above Special Interests

2006 Press Releases

10.17.2006    Texas Faith-Based Initiative Is Political Shell Game
10.13.2006    Voucher Schemes are Expensive, Ineffective and Unaccountable
09.18.2006    Texas AG Keeps Limits on SBOE Textbook Authority
09.13.2006    Clergy, Parents Voice Concerns About Public School Bible Classes
08.28.2006    FreePac Successor Bares Fangs for 2006 Campaign
06.29.2006    Clergy to Politicians: 'Respect Our Faith'
05.02.2006    Task Force Betrays Spirit of National Day of Prayer
03.14.2006    TFN Joins Education Advocates In Backing Censorship Curbs
03.02.2006    TFN Asks for Investigation into Leininger PACs
02.28.2006    Leininger Raises the Stakes
02.13.2006    Voucher-Obsessed Leininger Moves to Close Sale on Legislature
01.31.2006    SBOE Attempts End Run Around Legislature

2005 Press Releases

12.21.2005    Is Odessa the Next Dover?
10.12.2005    TFN Calls for Investigation of Group Backing Marriage Amendment
09.28.2005    Texas Lawmakers Ponder the 'Culture War' at Sept. 30 Event
08.24.2005    Time for Governor to Come Clean
08.01.2005    Turning Public Schools into Sunday Schools
07.20.2005    Statement on End of First Special Session
06.23.2005    Lawmakers Get Failing Grade on Public Schools
06.17.2005    No More Distractions: Lawmakers Must Stay Focused on the Real Goal
05.30.2005    Lawmakers Wasted Time on Distractions Instead of Focusing on Priorities
05.27.2005    Conference Committee Rejects Witch Hunts in Child Protective Services Bill
05.24.2005    Voucher Defeat a Triumph for Texas Families and Neighborhood Public Schools
05.21.2005    TFN Statement on Senate Passage of H.J.R. 6
05.18.2005    House Committee Votes to Hold Texas Kids, Texas Education Agency Hostage to Vouchers
05.09.2005    Senate Rejects Vouchers in TEA Reauthorization Bill
04.29.2005    SBOE, Publisher Still Censoring Health Textbooks
04.28.2005    San Antonio Parents, Teachers Warn Legislators about Failures of Edgewood Voucher Program
04.25.2005    Marriage Amendment an Unnecessary Diversion
04.25.2005    Textbook Bills Open Door to Censorship By SBOE
04.20.2005    H.B. 2479 Returns Texas to Days of Dangerous, Unregulated Faith-Based Programs
04.19.2005    House Bill Gives State Board Of Education a Free Hand To Censor Textbooks
04.19.2005    Ban on Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual Foster Parents Puts Mean-Spirited Agenda Ahead of the Interests of Kids
04.18.2005    Bill Could Privatize Schools in Every Senate District
04.12.2005    Senate Education Bill Calls For Unprecedented Privatization of Texas Schools
04.11.2005    House Joins SBOE In Blocking Responsible Health Education
04.05.2005    House Voucher Bills Drain Millions of Dollars from Public Schools
03.22.2005    House Bill 1445: A Voucher Bill in Disguise
03.15.2005    TFN Celebrates 10 Years Standing Up For Mainstream Values With New Web Site, 'Open House'
03.09.2005    House Bill 2: Votes for Gutting Education Standards and for Privatization Undermine Neighborhood Schools
03.09.2005    Local Clergy, Religious Groups Call For CHIP Funding
03.08.2005    House Bill 2 Is about Privatization, Not Reform
03.01.2005    House Bill 2: It's About More Than Money
02.28.2005    Senate Should Reject Miller Appointment as SBOE Chair
02.03.2005    Statement From TFN President Kathy Miller On Speaker Craddick’s Assertion That Vouchers Will Be Added Later To Education Bill
01.26.2005    Statement From Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller on Gov. Perry’s State-of-The-State Address

2004 Press Releases

12.08.2004    Texas Freedom Network Names Kathy Miller As New President
11.05.2004    State Board Approves Flawed Health Textbooks
11.01.2004    Thousands Of Texans Join Campaign For Responsible Health Textbooks
09.22.2004    Samantha Smoot to Step Down as Texas Freedom Network President
09.15.2004    Texas Freedom Network President Backs Education Commissioner’s Call For Teaching State Health Standards
09.07.2004    Texas Poll: 90% of Texans Support Sex Education
07.28.2004    From Bad to Worse: Publishers Make Reckless Changes to Proposed New Health Textbooks
07.14.2004    Experts, Organizations Call for Responsible Health Textbooks in Texas High Schools
07.07.2004    Organizations Launch Campaign to Fight Assault on Responsible Health Education in Textbook Adoption
06.18.2004    State Review Panels Give OK to Failing Health Textbooks in Texas Adoption
04.30.2004    Public Education Advocates Oppose New Voucher Proposal
04.20.2004    Texas Freedom Network Applauds Bipartisan Efforts on School Finance
04.13.2004    Vouchers, ‘Home Rule’ Are Not the Solution to School Funding Crisis
01.29.2004    TEA Commissioner Shirley Neeley Flip-Flops on Vouchers

2003 Press Releases

11.03.2003    Mainstream Texans Gather in Dallas to Proclaim Faith and Science Not in Conflict
10.29.2003    Publishers Resist Political Pressure to Alter Biology Textbooks
08.20.2003    Business Leaders, Clergy, Scientists Say No to Censorship
06.02.2003    2003 Legislative Recap: Grassroots Mobilization and Mainstream Bipartisanship Defy Radical Right Agenda and Political Power
05.14.2003    Committee Substituted Voucher Bill Sneaks Through Committee at Closed Meeting on House Floor
04.28.2003    Groups Decry “Home-Rule” Bill That Eliminates Class Size, Curriculum, All Education Standards
04.23.2003    Texas House Votes Down Dangerous 'Virtual' Schools Bill; Senate Approves Similar Measure
04.22.2003    Torrent of Bad Education Bills Rips Through Legislature; Leadership Puts Ideology Ahead of Students, Fiscal Crisis
04.03.2003    Voucher Bill Sneaks Through Committee at Closed Meeting on House Floor
04.02.2003    Bill Dismantling Education Standards Heads to House; Ends Class Size, Curriculum, Teacher Standards at Schools
01.28.2003    Bush Faith-Based Plan Undermines Safety and Science

2002 Press Releases

12.12.2002    Bush Faith-Based Action Follows Disastrous Texas Model
11.15.2002    SBOE Adopts Social Studies Textbooks after Religious Right Revamp
11.12.2002    Far Right’s Changes to Textbooks Prompt Thousands of Outraged Letters to State, Publishers Opposing Textbook Censorship
10.28.2002    Publishers Make Creationist, Anti-Muslim Changes to Pass Religious Right Litmus Test
10.10.2002    Faith-Based Initiative Reaps Bitter Fruit in Texas
08.23.2002    Mainstream Texans Outraged at Textbook Censorship and Book Banning; Citizens Testify to Counter Religious Right
07.09.2002    Mainstream Texans Form First-Ever Campaign Against Textbook Censorship; Parents Tell Censors, Publishers 'I Object!'
03.08.2002    Controversial Religious Right Group, Free Pac, Has Cozy Relationship with Candidates Across State
01.23.2002    White House Sends Top Gun to Defend Faith-Based Initiative in Dallas