State Board of Education poised to move further right with new Republican members – The Dallas Morning News

by | Nov 8, 2022 | Education

The board overseeing what 5 million Texas students learn in public schools could move further to the right after Tuesday’s elections.Looming over the races are hot-button issues that have dominated public education debates in Texas: critical race theory, the rights of LGBTQ students and the availability of diverse library books.Each of the 15-member State Board of Education seats are up for reelection after redistricting altered the areas they represent. There are currently nine Republicans and six Democrats.Republicans running for the board include conservatives who have leaned into red-meat issues, including a candidate who was in Washington during the insurrection.In North Texas, three incumbents appeared well-positioned to hold their seats, based on early results Tuesday.Democrat Aicha Davis is seeking reelection for her Dallas-area seat against Republican Kathryn Monette.Fort Worth Republican Pat Hardy is facing Democrat challenger Luis Miguel Sifuentes and independent Kathi Arocha.Fairview Republican Pam Little, the board’s vice chairwoman, is up against Democrat Alex Cornwallis and Libertarian Christy Mowrey.In the race between Democrat Tracy Fisher and Republican Evelyn Brooks for District 14, which was redrawn to dip into the Denton area, preliminary numbers showed Brooks with a wide lead.Their race was, in some ways, a reflection of the tension over the GOP’s direction and its influence on public schools. Fisher, a longtime Coppell school board member, was a lifelong Republican turned off by culture war rhetoric. Brooks, who mostly homeschooled her daughters, leaned into a platform that decried critical race theory and comprehensive sex education.Related:Republican-turned-Democrat, anti-CRT candidate face off in Texas school …

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