When Texas cut $5.4 billion from public schools, affecting 5 million students, Texans protested and districts sued the state and won. The Texas Promise is the gripping story of equity, politics, money, and our children as Texas and the nation make historic decisions about education, opportunity and our democracy.

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To plan a screening for your group or event email us at Outreach.

PBS Broadcasts of the texas promise

The Texas Promise will air on PBS on stations across the country beginning in February 2016:

KAMU (College Station) February 11th @ 10pm
KLRU (Austin) February 25th @ 7:30pm
KLRU (Austin) February 29th @ 10pm
BASIN PBS (Midland and Odessa) March 24th @ 7:30pm
KNCT - TV (Kileen and Waco) March 24th @ 8pm
K44GS (Wichita Falls) March 25th @ 7:30pm
KERA - TV (Dallas) March 25th @ 7:30pm
KERA - TV (Dallas) March 28th @ 10:30pm
K44GS (Wichita Falls) March 28th @ 10:30pm
K44GS (Austin) March 29th @ 10:00pm
BASIN PBS (Midland and Odessa) April 3rd @ 5:30pm
WYES PBS (New Orleans) April 4th @ 12:00am
WYES PBS (New Orleans) April 4th @ 4:00am
KBDI PBS (Denver) April 6th @ 7:00pm
KLRN PBS (San Antonio) April 10th @ 4:30pm
KLRN PBS (San Antonio) April 11th @ 1:00am
KLRN2 PBS (San Antonio) April 13th @ 8:00pm
KCOS PBS (El Paso) April 17th @ 11:00am
KUHT PBS (Houston) April 18th @ 9:00pm

Check your local listings for a broadcast in your city.


10/25,28 - Austin Film Festival
12/10 - Educational Service Center 13 (Austin, TX)
1/7 - Furr High School (Houston, TX)
1/16 - Temple ISD (Temple, TX)
1/19 - Rise Academy (Lubbock TX)
1/21 - Leander ISD/Central Texas School Board Association (Leander, TX)1/23 - Texas Association of School Boards (Austin, TX)
1/29 - Thorndale ISD / Eastern Williamson County (Thorndale, TX)
1/29 - Paris ISD (Paris, TX)
2/10/15 - Waco ISD (Waco, TX)
2/12/15 - Texas A&M University Hosted By MSC CAMAC
2/19/15 - Valley Mills Independent School District (Valley Mills, TX)
2/22/15 - Association of Texas Professional Educators (Austin, TX)
2/23/15 - Rice University, hosted by The Kinder Institute for Urban Research, Houston Education Research Consortium (HERC) and the Center for College Readiness at Rice University.
2/25/15 - Houston, Texas hosted by Children At Risk
2/28/2015 - Houston, TX hosted by ALCREJ
3/2/2015 - Salado, TX hosted by Salado ISD
3/3/2015 - Karnes City, TX hosted by Karnes City ISD
3/3/2015 - Comanche, TX hosted by Comanche Chamber of Commerce and Comanche ISD
3/3/2015 - Round Top, TX hosted by Round Top Carmine ISD
3/15/2015 - SXSW Community Screening: The Texas Promise
3/20/2015 - New York, NY Screening and Cast Member Q&A at the Bruno Walter Auditorium at Lincoln Center
3/22/2015 - Tarleton State University (Stephenville, TX)
4/28 - Free screening at the The Central Library (Fort Worth, TX)
4/30 - Farwell ISD (Farwell, TX)
3/28/2015 - Waco, TX First Presbyterian Church hosted a Screening and discussion at the Jubilee Theater.
3/29/2015 - Fort Worth, TX Hosted by Eagle Mountain-Saginaw ISD
4/28 - Highland Village, TX Hosted by Parents4LISD & Parents Across America-Northeast Texas
4/30 - Humble, TX Screening at the Atascocita High School Performing Arts Center

Host a Screening of The Texas Promise

Step 1

Email usoutreach@thetexaspromisemovie.org and tell us what school or organization you are from, the size of your audience, and the date you plan on holding your event.

Step 2

You'll get a community screening license and some tips on hosting an event with impact.

Step 3

We'll send you the film, a discussion guide, resources and marketing materials for your event.

Step 4

You host your event!

Frequently Asked Questions


What is a “non-theatrical community screening”?

Non-theatrical means that the screening is for members of your school, district, organization, community or an invited group that is not being charged an admission fee at the door, and a movie theater is not selling tickets for profit to the public.


Who can host a screening?

Screenings can be planned and hosted by students, parents, teachers, coaches, social workers, bus drivers, librarians, administrators, business leaders, church leaders, superintendents, organizations, museums, foundations, schools, non-profits, corporations, policy makers, judges, lawyers, researchers, film lovers…really any person or group who wants to share the film in an educational or community setting.


Where can screenings take place?

Non-theatrical community screenings can take place in any venue that has a TV, screen or wall to project the film onto! A school gym or auditorium, a classroom, a living room, a church, a museum hall, a conference center, a hotel ballroom, an office, a library, a chamber of commerce, a community center, a high school stadium…


Can my group host multiple screenings?

Yes, we can arrange a license that includes multiple screenings. Just let us know your plans, and we will work with you to create the right license for your needs!

Have more questions? We have more answers! Check out our full FAQ.



An Animated Film

For your viewing pleasure --- The Story of Furr is an animated short film conceived, written, directed, animated and produced by a group of student artists and filmmakers at Furr High School in Houston. Through a collection of whimsical, hand-drawn illustrations, the students tell the inspiring story of Principal Bertie Simmons and of their school community. Once called a "failing school" and "drop out factory", the story of Bertie, the students and staff of the Furr community will make you rethink these labels.

Welcome to Furr from Furr High School.


The Austin Chronicle

The Austin Chronicle reviews The Texas Promise, "With that sense of present urgency, the end result plays a little like All the President's Men reads..."


Austin's Kut.org interviews Director Vanessa Roth about The Texas Promise.


Interview with Director Vanessa Roth at Slackerwood.com.

Lights Camera Austin

Robert Sims talks to Vanessa about The Texas Promise on Lights Camera Austin.

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