Action Alert

Contact your legislators and tell them to vote NO on Textbook revisions

Object to Texas State Board of Education creationist revisions!

The Texas State Board of Education has received nationwide attention after its strong religionist faction pushed an ideological agenda onto revisions of textbook and curriculum standards. As a result of several new requirements, the state board appointed a handful of creationists in their review group. So far, textbook publishers have largely ignored the suggestions made by reviewers. But we need your help to ensure these religiously motivated-changes in textbooks do not occur.

As you're aware, your state is one of the largest purchasers of textbooks, so as Texas curriculum and textbook standards goes, so goes the rest of the country.

Don’t let the religious right hijack our secular public schools!

Contact the Texas State Board of Education Now!

TAKE ACTION!

The final deadline to speak out against the Texas State Board of Education religionist revisions of curriculum and textbook changes is fast approaching. They will vote the week of Monday, Nov. 18 and the final vote with be Friday, Nov. 22.

1) Write the State Board of Education

Texas Education Agency
State Board of Education
1701 N. Congress Avenue
Austin TX 78701
(512) 463-9734

2) Write to individual board members

Barbara Cargill (R), Chair
The Woodlands, TX
(512) 463-9007

Thomas Ratliff (R), Vice Chair
P.O. Box 232
Mount Pleasant, TX 75456
(903) 717-1190

Mavis Knight (D), Secretary
6108 Red Bird Court
Dallas, TX 75232
(214) 333-9575
(214) 339-9242 FAX

Tom Maynard (R)
P.O. Box 2885
Georgetown, TX 78627
(512) 763-2801
(512) 532-9517

Sue Melton-Malone (R)
101 Brewster
Waco, TX 76706
(254) 749-0415

Martha M. Dominguez (D)
P.O. Box 960543
El Paso, TX 79996
(915) 373-3563

Geraldine "Tincy" Miller (R)
1100 Providence Tower West
5001 Spring Valley Road
Dallas, TX 75244-3910
(972) 419-4000
(214) 522-8560 FAX

Marisa B. Perez (D)
P.O. Box 276406
San Antonio, TX 78227
(210) 317-4651

Patricia Hardy (R)
900 North Elm
Weatherford, TX 76086
(817) 598-2968
(817) 598-2833 FAX

Lawrence A. Allen Jr. (D)
2130 Vermillion Oak St.
Fresno, Texas 77545
(713) 203-1355

David Bradley (R)
2165 North Street
Beaumont, TX 77701
(409) 835-3808

Ken Mercer (R)
P.O. Box 781301
San Antonio, TX 78278-1301
(512) 463-9007

Donna Bahorich (R)
P.O. Box 79842
Houston, TX 77279
(832) 303-9091

Marty Rowley (R), Vice Chair
701 South Taylor, Suite 500
Amarillo, TX 79101
(806) 373-6278
(806) 220-2812 FAX


Ruben Cortez, Jr. (D)
735 Habana St.
Brownsville, TX 78526
(956) 639-9171

3) Write letters now to local newspapers

Remember to keep letters to the editor brief (usually under 150 words) and sign your name, address and phone number (for verification purposes only). Send to your nearest local newspaper. Below is contact info for major news dailies in Texas:

Austin Statesman Review
Letters to the Editor
P.O. Box 670
Austin TX 78767
http://www.statesman.com/mailfriend/300/1934/d2c37d129f/

Dallas Morning News
Letters From Readers
P.O. Box 655237
Dallas TX 75265

The Houston Chronicle
Letter to the Editor
P.O. Box 4260
Houston TX 77210-4260

San Antonio Express News
Letter to the Editor
P.O. Box 2171
San Antonio TX 78297-2171

POSSIBLE TALKING POINTS:

Use your own words if possible, or cut and paste wording below.

Vote NO on revisionist textbook revisions.
-Don't let personal religious beliefs influence an entire generation's educational quality. Listen to educational and academic experts in adopting curriculum standards, not ultra-right-wing theocrats.

Thank you for your help!

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Compiled by Lauryn Seering

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