The Texas State Board of Education will hear public testimonies for an Innovative Social Studies Course for African American Studies that is currently being considered for inclusion in the state TEKS Catalogue for Social Studies and Ethnic Studies.
The hearing will take place on Nov 13th. The agenda will be posted here:https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education
In order to speak at the public hearing, you will have to sign up at the following link:https://tea.texas.gov/About_TEA/Leadership/State_Board_of_Education/SBOE_Meetings/Public_Testimony_Registration_Instructions_and_Procedures
However, you will need to sign up between Friday, Nov. 8th at 8 am and Monday, Nov. 11th at 5 pm.
Make sure to sign up as speaking "for" the course even if you have suggestions for modification. SBOE members need to know that there is broad support for this course, that it makes a positive impact on students, and that it needs to address the full complexity of African American history and culture.
Aim to bring 15-18 copies of your statement to the hearing so that you can give a copy to each board member.
Please bring students, parents, and teachers to make their voices heard.
To review the course standards, click here:https://tea.texas.gov/sites/default/files/African%20American%20Studies_2019.pdf
The hearing will be held at:
1701 North Congress Ave, Austin, TX 78701You may also obtain this info from a Facebook event page coordinated by Orlando Lara.