News in Brief
Democrat Wins Key Contest in Texas State Board Race
The social conservatives on the Texas board of education lost a key vote when Republican incumbent Carlos "Charlie" Garza lost to Democrat Martha Dominguez, likely helping move the board in a more moderate direction.
There had been four Democrats and 11 Republicans on the board, with six of those Republicans considered part of the social-conservative bloc; now, the board is made up of five Democrats and 10 Republicans. All 15 spots on the board were up for re-election because of redistricting.
The board, which is set to adopt new science textbooks next year, has drawn attention in the past for ideological battles over evolution. It saw a shift to the center after the 2010 defeat of a socially conservative Republican, Don McLeroy, a former board chairman.
Vol. 32, Issue 12, Page 21
Get 10 free stories, e-newsletters, and more!
- Supervisor, Secondary Literacy Instruction
- Montgomery County Public Schools, MD
- Plainfield Director of Special Services
- New England School Development Council, Meriden, NH
- Durham Public Schools, Durham, NC
- Principal Highland Park High School
- Township High School District #113, IL
- T3 Teacher Leader
- Teach Plus, Multiple Locations