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.
These votes are now starting to take place.
As school districts begin voting on SB 763, it is of the utmost importance community members make their voices heard. The most promising organizing will happen locally to prevent this bill from going into effect in your school district, so taking action as a community is essential.
Our friends at Texas Freedom Network have 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, which are all covered in extensive detail in the toolkit and have step-by-step guides on how to do it effectively.
To receive a copy of the toolkit, please visit tfn.org/txchaplain!