HB 1026

86(R) - 2019
House Public Education
Senate Education
House Public Education
Senate Education

Vote Recommendation

  • Neutral
  • Neutral
  • Positive
  • Positive
  • Neutral


Dwayne Bohac
Steve Allison


Bryan Hughes

Bill Caption

Relating to instruction in positive character traits in public schools.

Fiscal Notes

No significant fiscal implication to the State is anticipated.

Bill Analysis

Under the Education Code, current statute permits a school district to provide a character education program. HB 1026 would update this statute to require the State Board of Education to integrate positive character traits into the essential knowledge and skills for grades K-12. Specific character traits that must be included in the curriculum are specified in statute; this bill adds gratitude to this list. 

School districts and open-enrollment charter schools would be required to adopt an education program that includes the specified positive character traits enumerated in statute. 

It is important to note that the statute specifically prohibits a character education program from authorizing proselytizing or indoctrinating concerning any specific religious or political belief. 

Vote Recommendation Notes

Texas Action supports HB 1026 which promotes specific positive character traits in an objective manner without indoctrinating students with particular religious or political beliefs. This falls within the parameters of civic education which is within the proper legitimate scope of public education.

Organizations Supporting

Texas Catholic Conference of Bishops
Texas Values