Fort Worth ISD trustees approved the partial-after school services from Girls Inc. for the 2024-2025 school year, an organization that has had a history of promoting abortion, gender ideology, environmentalism, and other social justice issues.

“The District has collaborated with the City of Fort Worth to provide after-school programs since fiscal year 2000-2001. Fort Worth After School (FWAS) has grown from fifty-two (52) sites in the initial year to seventy-three (73) sites for the 2024-2025 school year. FWAS program locations are funded through Local and Special Revenue funds,” the agenda item stated.

The approved Girls Inc. services will be offered on 48 campuses across Fort Worth ISD, including elementary, middle, and high schools.

As previously reported by The Dallas Express, Tarrant County commissioners voted last year to stop spending taxpayer money on Girls Inc. due to its promotion of abortion and gender ideology.

“The county government should not be funding, nor should the county government be passing through money from some other source, for an organization that is so deeply ideological and encourages the children that they are teaching to go advocate for social change,” County Judge Tim O’Hare said, per the Fort Worth Report.

Girls Inc. has released educational materials supporting left-wing issues.

“People of color, immigrants, and LGBTQ+ people (especially those for whom these identities intersect) are disproportionately restricted from the kind of reproductive health care that would give them the autonomy and options they need to lead healthy lives,” a Girls Inc. document titled “Youth and Reproductive Rights” reads.

Girls Inc. has called on Congress to pass legislation to protect abortion.

“Congress must pass federal legislation that protects access to abortion care throughout the United States by establishing a statutory right for healthcare professionals to provide — and their patients to receive — abortion care free from medically unnecessary restrictions, limitations, and bans that delay and even obstruct access to abortion,” the Youth and Reproductive Rights document states.

The organization also normalizes gender ideology in its educational materials.

“Like in many other areas of their life, some young people may be exploring their gender expression and the labels they use to describe themselves. Such exploration is a normal part of adolescent development,” the group’s “Gender Identity Position Statement” reads.

Fort Worth Mayor Mattie Parker recently joined an advisory committee for Girls Inc., a move that some local leaders criticized.

“Girls, Inc is a radical leftist organization covering as one that empowers young girls. The reality is they promote abortion and the ultra-radical trans ideology. There is a reason, under the conservative leadership of Judge Tim O’Hare, Tarrant County stopped funding Girls, Inc. last year. Contrast that with the radical leftists in Fort Worth ISD, who are doing everything they can to force this abhorrent ideology on our kids. Schools should stick to teaching the time-tested basics, not indoctrinating kids. We have an opportunity to replace members of the school board in May 2025,” Tarrant County Republican Party Chair Bo French told The Dallas Express.

However, others have expressed support for Girls Inc., viewing the organization as a positive organization for young girls.

“I’m honored to work alongside these regional leaders to build upon Girls Inc. of Tarrant County’s years of success in empowering young women in our community. We are better when we work together to remove barriers and create meaningful opportunities for our residents from all backgrounds to achieve their American dream,” Arlington Mayor Jim Ross previously said, per Fort Worth Report.

Relatedly, in nearby Dallas ISD, school officials have taken the step of publishing a resource guide for students on how to transition genders.

The guide recommends specific transgender clinics, instructs schools to provide students access to restroom facilities that do not necessarily correspond to their sex at birth, and lists recommended books for elementary students about children who identify as transgender, as previously reported by The Dallas Express.

Meanwhile, according to the most recently available STAAR performance data, a majority of Dallas ISD students struggle to meet grade-level requirements. During the 2021-2022 school year, only 41% of students met grade level or above in all subjects, and nearly 20% of students failed to graduate high school within four years.

The Dallas Express contacted Fort Worth ISD trustees, the superintendent, and Girls Inc. of Tarrant County executive director for comment but did not receive a response by publication.