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MEDIA ADVISORY

For Immediate Release

Contact:
Chuck Smith
Interim Executive Director, Equality Texas
512-474-5475

Equality Texas Advocates for Accurate & Unbiased Social Studies Curriculum Standards

State Board of Education Prepares to Rewrite History and Highjack our Children's Development


Austin, Texas (May 18, 2010) - Equality Texas and local activists will provide testimony on Wednesday, May 19th strongly urging the State Board of Education (SBOE) to modify proposed Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills (TEKS) standards to more accurately reflect science and history. Equality Texas has submitted over a dozen suggested revisions to foster more accurate and unbiased social studies curriculum standards. Currently, the SBOE omits any discussion of LGBT people or relevant issues in their proposed curriculum standards.

A sample of changes Equality Texas proposes for the TEKS standards:

Currently, our policy experts are on standby for your media outlet in order to elaborate on our suggestions. We can also find you local activists who are available for comment. The State Board of Education meeting begins May 19th at 9 a.m. at the William B. Travis Building, 1701 Congress Avenue in Austin.

History:
As a non-partisan organization with more than two decades of rich history, Equality Texas has established itself as a policy and advocacy authority at the Texas Capitol and across the state. Equality Texas has achieved bipartisan support while accomplishing a strong legislative agenda. The organization successfully works for inclusive policies at the local and state levels. Equality Texas is comprised of a professional staff and volunteer advocates committed to working across the state in partnership with members, allies and like-minded organizations.

Equality Texas advocates and lobbies for the elimination of discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity/expression.


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