The political action committees of three major Texas teachers unions have given thousands of dollars to Republicans running in competitive primaries for the state legislature during the 2022 election cycle.
The Association of Texas Professional Educators (ATPE), Texas Classroom Teachers Association (ATCTA), and the National Education Association affiliate Texas State Teachers Association (TSTA) have given a total of $83,500 in the 2022 primary cycle to 23 Republican candidates for the state legislature and state school board, a Daily Caller analysis of Texas campaign finance reports found. Twenty-two of those candidates are running in contested primaries, and 17 are incumbents.
The unions’ increased involvement in Republican Party politics follows the state legislature’s ban on approaches to teaching that suggest that “an individual should feel discomfort, guilt, anguish, or any other form of psychological distress on account of the individual’s race or sex.” That bill, passed in June 2021, was similar to bans on Critical Race Theory passed in several other states. All Republicans in both the state House and Senate supported the legislation.
All three unions issued statements criticizing the ban, with TSTA describing it as a “sinister” attempt to “intimidate teachers into whitewashing the racism that has plagued our nation’s history and downplaying the results of racism today.”