Texas School Board Showdown
Democratic incumbent Mary Helen Berlanga is being challenged by a proponent of intelligent design, Lupe Gonzalez in the general election in November. According to the Associated Press:
Gonzalez said he believes intelligent design -- a recent theory that the universe is so complex that science alone cannot explain the origins of life -- should be included in textbooks as an alternative to evolution.
Dr. Barney Maddox, a urologist, is challenging incumbent Pat Hardy in the March 4th GOP primary.
Maddox is the author of the "biological science" course for long distance learning of the Institute for Creation Research. This is significant in part because IRC recently moved its headquarters from Calfornia to Dallas, and is seeking accreditation from the state of Texas as a legitimate graduate school providing online degrees.
Meanwhile, the Ft. Worth Star Telegrram reports
AUSTIN -- Although little noticed by the public, the race for a local seat on the State Board of Education could lead to a dramatic ideological shift on the panel and -- by extension -- in Texas school policy.
In published voters guides, Maddox has reported strong opposition to replacing abstinence-only education with more comprehensive sex education, strong opposition to providing school counseling or teaching about homosexuality, and strong support for displaying the Ten Commandments in public schools.
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