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Testifying For TEKS

PPGC educators and teens speak up for comprehensive sexual education.

On June 29, 2020, three PPGC educators and three young people from the Houston teenREACH program testified to the Texas State Board of Education about the importance of updating the Health Education TEKS (Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills). 

The current Health Education TEKS, which haven’t been updated since 1997, adopt an abstinence-only approach and present the topic of birth control from the failure rate only. At PPGC, we know that evidence-based sexual education delivered by trained professionals is extremely effective and widely supported.

“I am here to ask you to care and support all children and all students, regardless of their gender identity and expression or sexual orientation,” testified Bernadette Blanco, Director of Education at PPGC. “Please make sure that LGBTQ students, just like everyone else, have access to inclusive curriculums that incorporate their experiences and provide accurate information that is relevant to them, without shaming or passing judgment.”

DeBakey High School for Health Professions student Niels spoke about the importance of educating and empowering students. “I know that you all want to help Texas youth,” Niels testified. “Do the right thing for us, and for the state, and include medically accurate and comprehensive sexual health education TEKS. Providing information on the various contraception and STI prevention methods available will empower students – we are your future.”

Your generous investment is building power for the sexual health and reproductive rights movement in Texas. Thank you for advocating for young people to receive the knowledge and care they need to make informed, healthy decisions that will impact the trajectory of their lives.


teenREACH is Planned Parenthood Gulf Coast's sexual health peer education program for high school students ages 14-19.

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