Texas Board of Education: Dunbar Drops Out

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This was our last report on Texas State Board of Education Contests. Before that we posted Cynthia Dunbar Has Opposition, in which we reported that a Democrat, University of Texas mathematics professor Lorenzo Sadun, was running against Dunbar. Sadun thinks intelligent design is religion, not science. But we haven’t heard much else about Dunbar’s contest. Until now.

In the Dallas Morning News we read Dunbar not running for re-election to State Board of Education. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Republican Cynthia Dunbar of Richmond, one of the most outspoken social conservatives on the State Board of Education, has decided not to seek another term next year. Other members of the board confirmed Wednesday that her current employment with a law school in Virginia has made it difficult for her to remain on the board and she has decided against a re-election bid.

Dunbar is one of seven members on the board aligned with social conservative groups who have generally voted together on key curriculum and textbook issues such as the science standards adopted earlier this year. Most of that debate was over coverage of evolution in high school biology books, with Dunbar and others wanting the standards to cover alleged weaknesses in Charles Darwin’s theories about how humans and other life evolved on earth.

That’s about it. But in the Austin American-Statesman we read Dunbar will not seek another term on SBOE. They say:

Dunbar has recently been teaching at the the Liberty University School of Law in Lynchburg, Va. That job and the commute has put great demands on her time, Bradley said.

That’s the school founded by Jerry Falwell. Their law school was started about 6 years ago. Dunbar should be happy there. Let’s read on:

Dunbar has drawn a torrent of criticism for her staunch conservative views on education. In her book published last year entitled One Nation Under God, Dunbar calls public education a “subtly deceptive tool of perversion.”

Charming lady. We continue:

Rebecca Osborne, an Austin educator, filed last week to run in the Republican primary for the seat.

She’s not to be confused with Rebecca Bell-Metereau, our choice in a contest against Ken Mercer, which we reported here.

Back to the Austin American-Statesman:

Austin lawyer Brian Russell is also planning to run. He is a member of the State Republican Executive Committee of the Republican Party of Texas.

One of those two will run against Professor Sadun in the general election for Dunbar’s seat. A final excerpt:

It’s going to be a referendum on the past two years. That’s why we’ve drawn all of these opponents,” [Don] McLeroy said. “I can’t wait.”

It’s going to be interesting.

Addendum: Texas Freedom Network reports that Sadun is withdrawing from the race.

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4 responses to “Texas Board of Education: Dunbar Drops Out

  1. Thanks, James F. I should have checked their site. They follow this closely.

  2. Thanks for the shout-out, and for continuing to provide excellent coverage of this important issue.

  3. Glad to do it, Rebecca. Just keep doing what you’re doing.