One thing we've all learned recently, mostly thanks to parents getting more involved in their child's education due to the pandemic, is there's a lot going on in public schools that parents and most public officials didn't know about before. Well, that sleeping parental giant has been awakened.

On Friday, December 10, Governor Greg Abbott sent a letter directing Texas Education Agency (TEA) Commissioner Mike Morath, Texas State Library and Archives Commission (TSLAC) Chair Martha Wong, and Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) Chair Keven Ellis to immediately develop statewide standards ensuring no child is exposed to pornography or other inappropriate content in a Texas public school.

Recently, the Texas Association of School Boards abdicated the responsibility of school boards to protect Texas school children from being exposed to pornography or other inappropriate content in a Texas public school.

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"Instead of addressing the concerns of parents and shielding Texas children from pornography in public schools, the Texas Association of School Boards has attempted to wash its hands clean of the issue by abdicating any and all responsibility in the matter," reads the letter. "Given this negligence, the State of Texas now calls on you to do what the Texas Association of School Boards refuses to do. I am directing the Texas Education Agency, the Texas State Library and Archives Commission, and the State Board of Education to immediately develop statewide standards to prevent the presence of pornography and other obscene content in Texas public schools, including in school libraries."

It also directs those agencies to ensure a "transparent process, which includes parents and community members, to vet school and library materials before they are used."

You can read the whole Governor's letter here.

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