Don't Mess with Texas Education
We are at a critical juncture in this process since there is currently a conservative majority on the SBoE and half of the SBoE seats are up for (re)election. At least seven members of the fifteen-member SBoE support the Discovery Institute's "teach the controversy" and teach the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution strategy. I urge anyone willing to defend science education in Texas and eligible to run for election to the SBoE in their district to unseat some of these folks and help bring sanity to science education in Texas. Please help us avoid the inanity of another Dover-like federal trial over the teaching of religious pseudo-science.
The districts up for (re)election in 2008 are:
SBOE Name City
2 Mary Helen Berlanga (D) Corpus Christi
6 Terri Leo (R) Spring
7 David Bradley (R) Beaumont
8 Barbara Cargill (R) The Woodlands
11 Patricia Hardy (R) Weatherford
13 Mavis B. Knight (D) Dallas
14 Gail Lowe (R) Lampasas
To enter the election you must file an application for a place on the ballot with your respective party by Jan. 2, 2008. The filing fee is $300. The primary election will be on March 4, 2008, the general election will be in November, 2008.
Republican Party (512)477-9821
Democratic Party (512) 478-9800
For more details on the election process, go here: http://www.sos.state.tx.us/elections/candidates/guide/demorrep.shtml
For more on the Chris Comer story, go here: http://www.wikio.com/news/Chris+Comer.
Barbara Forrest on the Chris Comer affair: http://www.ncseweb.org/resources/articles/ForrestComer.pdf.
Read Judge Jones's opinon on the Dover trial here: http://www.pamd.uscourts.gov/kitzmiller/kitzmiller_342.pdf