This is another post about the coming primary elections for the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE). Yesterday’s post (Texas State Board of Education Races for 2012) was ignored by almost everyone, so naturally we felt compelled to do one more.
Today we’ll discuss the primary race in District 8. The reason this one is important is that the incumbent is Barbara Cargill, the latest chairman of the SBOE to be appointed by Texas Governor Rick Perry. (See Is Texas Governor Rick Perry Insane?) As most of you know, Perry has appointed a string of creationists to lead that board, so our assumption — a strong assumption — is that Cargill is one of the most unqualified people in the universe to hold her position. We would probably support Cargill’s opponent if she were challenged by nothing more than a green cloud of swamp gas.
The District 8 race is reported in the Bryan-College Station Eagle located in Bryan, Texas — hey, that’s where Don McLeroy practices dentistry. Their story is Two vying for District 8 seat on State Education Board. Here are some excerpts, with bold font added by us:
Two residents of The Woodlands are running against each other to represent District 8 on the State Board of Education. State Board of Education Chair Barbara Cargill is up against Linda Ellis in the May 29 Republican primary.
We already know everything we need to know about Cargill — i.e., she’s a flaming creationist — so let’s see what we can learn about Ellis. Unfortunately, the newspaper doesn’t ask the questions we would ask, so we’ll have to search elsewhere.
This is her campaign website: Vote Linda Ellis. She doesn’t flat-out declare that she’s against all the creationism and theocracy and madness that’s been promoted by the SBOE in the past, but she does say this:
[O]ver the past decade, I’ve watched in horror as ideologues took over the State Board of Education and used it as a platform to politically divide our citizens while at the same time ramming their personal beliefs down the throats of Texas students.
With blatant disrespect for educational experts and ignoring local voices, these ideologues have systematically dismantled our state’s once great public school system and turned Texas public schools into material for comedians on late night TV.
That’s it. Her website doesn’t specifically mention either science education or the SBOE’s theocratic tinkering with the state’s history standards. Except for what we just quoted, it’s all a bunch of timid, fluffy stuff — but at least she’s not Cargill.
Seeking a bit more information, we checked out Teach the Vote, run by the Association of Texas Professional Educators. That website promises: “Texas voters can research the education stances of candidates for the Legislature and the State Board of Education.” It’s a big disappointment. They don’t ask the candidates even a general question about science education, and there’s definitely no mention of evolution, so a visit to them is basically worthless for our purposes.
That’s all we’ve got. The two big assets Ellis has going for her in this primary election are these: (1) she’s probably above room-temperature; and (2) she’s not Barbara Cargill. By golly, that’s good enough for us! Your Curmudgeon enthusiastically endorses Ellis over Cargill.
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