Texas lawmakers are returning to work Tuesday for the 88th legislative session and are expected to take up a bill that would prohibit schools from teaching elementary and middle school students about sexual orientation or gender identity.
Similar to a controversial bill passed by Florida lawmakers last year, House Bill 631, introduced by Rep. Steve Toth (R-The Woodlands), would expand restrictions on teaching such curriculum “by school personnel or third parties” from kindergarten through the fifth grade or “in a manner that is not age appropriate or developmentally appropriate for students in accordance with state standards.”
HB 1155, authored by Frisco Republican Rep. Jared Patterson, would extend that restriction until the eighth grade.
Both bills are among several set to be taken up by lawmakers as the 88th Texas Legislature reconvenes Tuesday for its new session, including property tax relief and other proposals amid a record $32 billion budget surplus.
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