GOP Primary Could Reshape Texas Education Board

By: AP Email
By: AP Email


SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Former State Board of Education chairman Don
McLeroy faces perhaps his toughest re-election challenge in 10
years in a race that could reshape the conservative bloc of the
influential panel.

Lobbyist Thomas Ratliff is trying to unseat McLeroy from his
District 9 seat in Tuesday's Republican primary. The race is among
eight seats on the 15-member board that are on the ballot this
year.

Lawmakers removed McLeroy as chairman last year following
divisive debates over evolution in science curriculum. McLeroy, a
Bryan dentist, is a creationist but says he never tried writing his
beliefs into textbooks.

No Democrats filed to run for McLeroy's seat in the November
general election.


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