Texas SBOE Now in Governor’s Race

IN the Fort Worth Star-Telegram we read State Board of Education’s work becomes issue in governor’s race. Here are some excerpts, with bold added by us:

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Bill White said Tuesday that he wants Gov. Rick Perry to ask State Board of Education Chairwoman Gail Lowe to send tentatively approved social studies curriculum revisions back to the committees where the proposals started.

We haven’t paid any attention to the Governor’s race. Here’s Bill White’s campaign website, Let’s read on:

In a statement, White said: “Individual school board members are no doubt sincere in their beliefs, and some of the changes can be debated by reasonable people. But, under the leadership of another extreme Rick Perry appointee, the amendment process injected politics into our school books and classrooms. That is a step in the wrong direction, requiring leadership from our Governor.”

He’s right, of course. It was Governor Perry who had appointed creationist dentist, Don McLeroy to be chairman of the State Board of Education (SBOE). We continue:

Perry seemed unlikely to fulfill White’s request. “The governor is confident in the process that is in place, and it is the same process that has been used in the past,” said Catherine Frazier, a spokeswoman for the Perry’s re-election campaign. She also criticized White’s suggestion.

Perry is probably delighted with the performance of the SBOE. Here’s more:

[Gail] Lowe [Perry’s choice to succeed McLeroy,] said White’s characterization of her wasn’t surprising.

“I’m not sure that a liberal Democrat would like any of Gov. Perry’s appointees,” she said. “So, I think I represent the conservative values that a majority of Texans hold, and I’m not sure why [White] wants to throw me into this race. I understood Bill White was running against Rick Perry, not the State Board of Education.”

We don’t know a thing about Bill White, but he’s correct about this issue. It’s good to see the leadership of the SBOE showing up in the Governor’s race, because — as Ben Franklin is credited with saying — “A fish rots from the head down.”

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7 responses to “Texas SBOE Now in Governor’s Race

  1. Gov. Perry’s designated heir to McLeroy, Gail Lowe, claims

    I think I represent the conservative values that a majority of Texans hold

    Ms. Lowe may or may not represent the ‘values’ of a majority of Texans — but please, can she designate them more accurately? Call them “reactionary“, perhaps, but please, not “conservative.”

  2. Not SBOE related but TEXAS related, “Veteran Dallas County jail guard fired over comments” ( http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/news/localnews/stories/031610dnmetjailguard.3d93cdf.html )

    “I believe that all dinosaurs were born of Satanic angel who has sex with woman and the animal kingdom that created ungodly reptilian creatures none of these were on the Ark,” Johnson said.

  3. RogerE, he also made a few other statements to co-workers. I don’t think his opinions about dinosaurs brought him down.

  4. I know. I just thought it was interesting as another example of insane creationism out of Texas. I hadn’t heard that particular explanation of dinosaurs before.

  5. “I believe that all dinosaurs were born of Satanic angel who has sex with woman and the animal kingdom that created ungodly reptilian creatures none of these were on the Ark,” Johnson said.

    Funnily enough, sometimes, while cleaning off a particularly eroded specimen, I have a similar thought.

  6. From the article: “…White said: ‘Individual school board members are no doubt sincere in their beliefs…'”

    I’d have “no doubt” too if I could read minds. Don’t get me wrong. I strongly suspect that those members are sincere in their belief that students need to believe fairy tales to behave properly. But I could be wrong several ways. They could be also closet flat-earthers, or closet “Darwinists” who just like to sell pseudoscientific snake oil.

  7. Frank J says:

    I’d have “no doubt” too if I could read minds. Don’t get me wrong. I strongly suspect that those members are sincere …

    When debating an ignoramus, it’s always polite to start out by saying: “I’m sure my opponent is sincere, but …”