HOT news! In the Houston Chronicle we read Perry names Lowe chair of state education board. The bold was added by us:
AUSTIN, Texas — Gov. Rick Perry has chosen Lampasas Republican Gail Lowe to chair the State Board of Education.
Lowe was Perry’s second choice for the job. He had reappointed Republican Don McLeroy earlier this year, but the Texas Senate rejected him amid complaints that the conservative dentist advocates teaching creationism in public schools.
Lowe is co-publisher of the Lampasas Dispatch Record. Perry says she has shown “exemplary leadership and commitment to the education of young Texans” during her seven years as a board member.
Lowe is a Republican — no surprise there — but she’s not one of the three Republicans who supported evolution without the “strengths and weaknesses” nonsense. No surprise there either.
So it seems that there’s another creationist in charge of the Board. But given the field the Governor had to choose from, it could have been even worse.
Update: According to the Austin American-Statesman in this article: Perry names Lowe to lead State Board of Education:
Board action of the social studies standards is not scheduled until next year, but the temperature has already been turned up as recommendations from some board-appointed reviewers have been released. Lowe appointed as one of the expert reviewers, David Barton, whose critiques of the current standards generated the heat.
Barton is a former vice chairman of the Texas Republican Party and founder of Wallbuilders, a conservative religious group.
We’ve already discussed what we regard as profoundly serious problems with Barton here: Cynthia Dunbar And Her Friends. Therefore, Lowe is also a major problem.
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