Skip to comments.(Texas) STATE BOARD OF EDUCATION - Social conservatives could lose grip on board
Posted on 03/03/2010 9:21:41 AM PST by a fool in paradise
Controversial State Board of Education member Don McLeroy trailed in his re-election bid Tuesday while longtime incumbent Geraldine Tincy Miller also appeared headed for an upset primary defeat.
Republican Thomas Ratliff, son of former GOP Lt. Gov. Bill Ratliff, held a narrow lead over McLeroy, one of the leaders of the board's social conservative faction.
Miller, R-Dallas, was trailing high school English teacher George Clayton in a Dallas-area contest. Miller is a former chairwoman and, at 26 years, the longest-serving member of the board.
In another key board race, Republicans Brian Russell and Marsha Farney headed for a runoff to replace retiring Cynthia Dunbar, R-Richmond, for the District 10 seat that includes 16 counties from Brazoria and Fort Bend to Austin.
McLeroy served as chairman of the board until Senate Democrats blocked his confirmation last year on grounds that his strong religious beliefs interfered with his leadership. McLeroy, a Bryan dentist, calls himself a young Earth creationist who believes that people co-existed with dinosaurs on the planet less than 10,000 years ago.
...The board of education has attracted national attention in recent years after efforts to diminish the teaching of evolution in public schools and fights over other so-called cultural war issues, including a Bible course curriculum.
The board has been narrowly divided, with seven socially conservative members routinely voting as a bloc and occasionally picking up another vote or two to gain a majority on the 15-member board.
Social conservative members and their supporters were hoping to gain an additional seat to give them a working majority. They needed to knock off member Bob Craig, R-Lubbock, in addition to holding their own seats. Craig, however, easily defeated Ector County School Board President Randy Rives in their GOP primary.
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Not very conservative as it is.
“Controversial State Board of Education member Don McLeroy...”
I’ll bet if he was a transgendered, cross-dressing minority with a criminal record he wouldn’t be “controversial” according to the QueerLeftMedia.
You have that right. He’d be hailed as a groundbreaking candidate.
This must be won, our children must be taught the true historic version of history not the liberal revisionist version.
This is a Must win for conservatives!
I recall some of the battles over text books in Texas too.
Don’t recall if this is handled through the board of education or another review panel.
It is the control of the Board of Education (and other states look to what Texas buys):
Look what they’re erasing from U.S. history!
www.wnd.com ^ | February 11, 2010 | Chelsea Schilling
A state board of only 15 people will vote on whether to revise U.S. textbooks to omit references to Daniel Boone, Gen. George Patton, Nathan Hale, Columbus Day and Christmas.
The Texas State Board of Education will also vote on a proposal to substitute the term “American” with “global citizen.”
Mathew Staver, founder and chairman of Liberty Counsel, is warning Americans to speak up before only eight people, with a majority vote, have a chance to literally rewrite American history...
He's my SREC representative and authors many of their resolutions.
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