From now until March 1, 2024, every Texas school district must decide whether to adopt a policy to allow chaplains to serve as counselors in public schools. Per SB 763, passed in the 88th Legislature, chaplains would operate as students’ first point of contact for mental health assistance, suicide prevention, and other behavioral health services with no requirements for training or certification.
Our friends at Texas Freedom Network have now created an SB 763 Resource Kit to help protect Texas students from this policy.
The toolkit covers multiple advocacy avenues to empower parents and concerned citizens to get involved locally, by contacting school board members, speaking at school board meetings, contacting local media, starting a petition, or organizing protests and rallies. All these possible actions are covered in extensive detail in the toolkit and have step-by-step guides on how to do it effectively.
The most promising organizing will happen at the local level to prevent this bill from going into effect in your school district, so taking action as a community is essential.
Sign up to get your copy of TFN’s comprehensive toolkit to organize and fight SB 763 at tfn.org/txchaplain.