Texas lawmakers introduced a bill to the state legislature that would ban textbooks teaching sexual and LGBT topics to students below the ninth grade.
House Bill 1804
, introduced by state GOP Rep. Terri Leo-Wilson, would allow the state Board of Education to reject textbooks that teach content on sex, gender identity, or sexual orientation. The policy would only regard textbooks read by those below the ninth grade. The wide-ranging bill would also require textbooks to teach U.S. history in a positive light and forbid those that “encourage lifestyles that deviate from generally accepted standards of society.”
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Fellow state GOP Rep. Terri Leo-Wilson praised the bill as necessary to return power to parents in raising their children.
“It is imperative that we empower