By\u00a0James Pollard\u00a0and\u00a0Kevin Reynolds\r\nThe State Board of Education on Friday approved one health textbook for middle school teachers to use to teach sex education in Texas but rejected any sex ed materials for elementary school students.\r\nThe state has new curriculum requirements, approved last year, that students learn about birth control in addition to sexual abstinence. But the board had to consider which teaching materials to use. The book approved for use in Texas middle schools is one from publisher Goodheart-Willcox.\r\nAlthough an elementary school health textbook from QuaverEd had received preliminary approval from the board earlier in the week, it failed to win final approval on Friday. "It's disappointing because we wanted to get QuaverEd in for elementary school kids," said board member Rebecca Bell-Metereau, D-San Marcos.\r\nWhen the board adopted new curriculum standards last year about sex education it was the first such change in Texas in 23 years.\r\nAlso earlier this week, board member\u00a0Will Hickman, R-Houston, voiced opposition to another publisher's materials, the ones presented by Human Kinetics materials, saying they were \u201cnot suitable for grade level\u201d without citing specific objections. But the Houston Republican voted for the QuaverEd and Goodheart-Willcox materials, calling them \u201cgood\u201d but \u201cnot perfect.\u201d\r\n\u201cI don\u2019t think we should have a vacuum where we adopt nothing,\u201d Hickman said. \u201cIt\u2019s just providing an option.\u201d\r\nMany people testifying about the proposed materials opposed discussions of masturbation, inclusion of resources for abortion, and affirmations of gender identity and sexual orientation. Such issues, many argued, should be left up to parents for discussion in the home.\r\nJacqulyn Dudasko, the director of education and policy at anti-abortion organization Texans for Life, noted earlier this week, that Texas law requires schools teaching sex ed to emphasize sexual abstinence. With that in mind, Dudasko urged the board to adopt only the materials from Goodheart-Willcox and QuaverEd, the only two she said \u201ccame close\u201d to fitting the state\u2019s statutory requirements.\r\n\u201cThere\u2019s a lot of content in some of these texts, and particularly this one, that goes beyond the standards we adopted,\u201d said board member\u00a0Tom Maynard, R-Florence, referring to the Human Kinetics materials. \u201cWe intentionally left off that, because that is intended to be handled separately from health education.\u201d\r\nWhile many speakers pushed for \u201cparental choice\u201d in opposing the materials, others criticized a potential board vote that would avoid arming students with factual information.\r\nThose speakers argued that a lack of such information in schools complicated \u2014 and even stigmatized \u2014 students\u2019 navigation of life experiences like menstrual health and understanding their own sexuality.\r\nEliza Epstein said that \u201cstudents deserve to know the truth.\u201d The self-described education policy specialist said that denying knowledge is poor educational practice.\r\n\u201cYou truly have to think about all Texas children that are in Texas public schools,\u201d Epstein said.\r\nThe vote comes amid heated debates in Texas and around the country over how public school students learn about topics like sex, sexuality, gender identity, and race. This summer, Gov. Greg Abbott\u00a0signed a bill banning\u00a0what Republicans often\u00a0misrepresent as critical race theory\u00a0in an attempt to limit Texas teachers\u2019 ability to teach about current events and racism.\r\nIn October, State Rep.\u00a0Matt Krause, a candidate for state attorney general,\u00a0asked school superintendents to confirm\u00a0whether their campuses have any books on his list of about 850 titles relating to race or sexuality. And Abbott this month pressured the Texas Association of School Boards to\u00a0determine whether \u201cpornography or other inappropriate content\u201d exists\u00a0in public schools and remove any such content.\r\nThis story originally published by the Texas Tribune.