Character Education in Texas
Character Education in Texas Schools
Texas Education Code (TEC) 29.906
All decisions regarding supplemental curriculum, activities, or programs are made at the local district level.
The Texas Education Code (TEC) §29.906 states that a school district may provide a character education program. The character education program must:
(1) stress positive character traits, such as:
(B) trustworthiness, including honesty, reliability, punctuality, and loyalty;
(D) respect and courtesy;
(E) responsibility, including accountability, diligence, perseverance, and self-control;
(F) fairness, including justice and freedom from prejudice;
(G) caring, including kindness, empathy, compassion, consideration, patience, generosity, and charity;
(H) good citizenship, including patriotism, concern for the common good and the community, and respect for authority and the law;
(I) school pride;
(2) use integrated teaching strategies; and
(3) be age appropriate.
Subsection (e)(1) does state that the agency shall maintain a list of character education programs that school districts have implemented that meet the criteria listed above. However, due to limitations in staffing, the agency has not been able to provide this information.