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Anti-critical race theory candidates dominated the elections for the Texas Board of Education

by Brett T.

 

Thanks to an article today in The New Yorker about how school board and superintendent candidates who railed against critical race theory and teachers’ unions “fared depressingly well” on Election Day, we’ve been treated to the take that the common thread binding all of the groups that backed these candidates is right-wing Christian Nationalism. That will surprise a lot of Jews, Muslims, and atheists who also oppose liberal indoctrination in public schools.

Christopher Rufo deserves all the credit for getting out the word about critical race theory and making liberals defend it, even though they claim it’s not taught in public schools. Well then, banning it shouldn’t cause a problem. Rufo notes that the Texas Board of Education has seen some changes.

Brian Lopez writes:

All 15 seats on the State Board of Education were open this election season because of redistricting that took place last year. The board is responsible for dictating what Texas’ 5.5 million students are required to learn in the state’s public schools. There will be 10 Republicans and 5 Democrats on the board starting in January.

Usually, voters pay little attention to races for the body that sets the state’s public school curriculum. But this year, how Texas schools operate has been a particularly hot topic. The pandemic’s impacts on school closings and mask mandates — as well as a new law restricting how students should learn about America’s history of racism — have made the state board races much more visible.

 

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