Three pieces of bad news for supporters of quality education and opponents of the looming Christian Theocracy inTexas:
Gov. Rick Perry turns down
$700 M "Race to the Top" education funds. This comes after our favorite Dickopedia stars initially turned down $555 M unemployment stimulus, threatened secession from the union (cuz, ya know how bad it is to be offered $ to help crushing unemployment), then finally changed course and accepted the money. You already know how this ends -- he's currently campaigning for re-election and acting like he never took the stimulus money. And besides he should have taken Texas out of the union anyway.
2) The Texas Education Agency (TEA) fires the agencies Science Director
because she forwards an email, as part of her official duties to defend science, against the "neutrality policy" towards evolution, creationism and Intelligent Design. Read about how totally wrong neutrality about anti-science is here
3) The curriculum committee of the SBOE convened this week to hear testimony on Social Science curriculum recommendations from a six member committee of "experts". See where the three Christianist experts on Social Science came from here
One interesting result - Mary Kay Ash
gets mentioned more times than Christopher Columbus in the curriculum standards because she is a Texas Christian Entrepreneur who demonstrates how free-market, godly principles makes the world a better place for bad cosmetics and pink Cadillacs. Remember, according to the last Texas governor, there is no word for entrepreneur in French.
Texas occupies a unique position of national political power in public education. K-12 textbook approval is in the hands of the State Board of Education (SBOE)
, an elected body with 15 members and a chairman appointed by by the (consistantly pin-headed, pig-ignorant) governor of our fair state. Texas has 4.5 million public school students and just about the biggest market for public school textbooks (other states don't aggregate textbook selection or purchase or if they do, the audience is not so large).
The other thing the SBOE is in charge of is K-12 curriculum standards (TEKS
) which are tested by the beta version of No Child Left Behind with grade level proficiency tests, TAKS
Here is what I am doing to throw myself in front of the bus:
1. Voting for Kay Bailey Hutchenson in the Republican primary. Sure she is a crappy choice and has Dick(head) Cheney's endorsement but she is not Rick Perry.
2. Vote for Democrat Bill White in the general election.
3. Vote for the best Democrat for SBOE place 5 (where I am registered) in the primary.
4. Vote against Ray Mercer, the foul, evil, anti-history, anti-science, pro-Theocracy Republican in the general.
5. Send a little bit more $ to The Texas Freedom Network