Don McLeroy–no longer head of the SBOE
It’s a sad day in Texas.
No, wait…I’m sure it’s a sad day somewhere, but not in Texas.
On Thursday, the reappointment of Don McLeroy as head of the state board of education was blocked by Democrats of the state senate. You may recall that McLeroy is one of the creationists on the board and has given science education a difficult time by supporting “strengths and weaknesses” and “academic freedom” movements.
Now, don’t go crazy rejoicing just yet. He is still a member of the board.
It’s not often that I agree with Democrats (I realize that may shock some of you, being that at least on this one issue I do agree with them more often than the more conservative of the political arena), but I think Kirk Watson, a Democrat of Austin, summed it up nicely here:
“People have a right to be confident that the State Board of Education is putting the interests of our children above ideology, politics and everything else, including the so-called good fight. Whether they agree with McLeroy or not, Texans simply cannot have faith in this board when it is led by a man who has so enthusiastically embraced his role in these endless culture wars.”
As a Christian, there are many things that I have a firm personal opinion on. However, I don’t always think that those things are of the utmost importance in the political sphere, and I don’t always agree with people forcing such issues simply because they are Christian.
But I digress. Governor Rick Perry now has the responsibility of naming someone else as chairman of the board. Since he fully supported McLeroy, it won’t surprise me if he simply nominates another creationist on the board. Only time will tell.
To read more about this, visit the Houston Chronicle’s article here.