AUSTIN (AP) - Governor Rick Perry's appointment of Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education is drawing mixed reviews.
McLeroy, a Republican dentist from Bryan, has served on the board for the past eight years and is a past vice chairman.
One supporter called him a "solid conservative," while a critic labeled him an "ideologue" with an agenda.
Perry spokesman Robert Black says McLeroy is, "a principled leader who will do a great job."
The board sets policies for the Texas public school system, including setting graduation requirements, establishing testing standards and investing the permanent school fund.