Katy ISD August 21 2023

Education News

Are Katy ISD trustees more concerned with culture wars than student outcomes?

Posted on · The district of 94,000-plus students in a burgeoning suburb west of Houston, which has come under scrutiny for its policies related to library books and LGBTQ+ issues, is considering a gender fluidity policy that, among other things, would allow teachers to refuse students' requests to be addressed by their preferred pronouns and require educators to notify students' parents if they make such requests.

UH Cullen Building

Education News

University of Houston DEI & LGBTQ support centers open, for now, amid closure fears

Posted on · Signs posted on the UH campus this week said the offices had disbanded in order to comply with Senate Bill 17, an impending Texas law that bans public universities from implementing diversity, equity and inclusion practices. The university called the signage "premature."

Library Books

Politics

Montgomery County libraries adding more ‘conservative’ books, limiting youth access to sexually-oriented themes

Posted on · Montgomery County Commissioners Court voted unanimously this month to prevent visitors under 18 from accessing 'explicit or questionable' books, including those with LGBTQ+ themes, at its public libraries. They also will be adding more materials with politically conservative themes.

pexels-cottonbro-studio-4100650
James and the Giant Peach Cast

Arts & Culture

Houston-area schools scrap field trips to see ‘James and the Giant Peach’ over concerns about cross-gender casting at Main Street Theater

Posted on · Schools from Spring Branch ISD, along with local religious schools, are among those to cancel planned visits to watch theatrical performances of the famed children's story.

Little Banned Library

Literature

‘Little Banned Library’ featuring books removed from schools opening in Houston’s Heights neighborhood

Posted on · A variation of the popular Little Free Library concept, the forthcoming installation in the Heights was designed to resemble a prison cell and feature books that have been banned by public schools in Texas.

Jolanda Jones Texas Tribue

Texas

Texas House has record number of LGBTQ representatives as lawmakers face scores of bills focused on gender and sexuality

Posted on · The Texas Legislature has nine lawmakers who are openly LGBTQ, all Democrats, including Reps. Ann Johnson and Jolanda Jones of Houston. At the same time, some Republican lawmakers are pushing a slate of bills aimed at drag queens, transgender children and how sexuality is discussed in schools.

Huntsville Library-Pride Display

Politics

Huntsville Public Library could be privatized in aftermath of pride display dispute

Posted on · A few months after ordering public library employees to remove a display highlighting books with LGBTQ+ themes, Huntsville city officials are looking to enlist a private company to operate the library. The transition could leave existing library staffers without jobs.

Page 1 of 11