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|NUMBER 148||THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS||MAY 1998|
Conservatives Win Primary
For Seats on Texas Board
Strickland and fellow primary winners Donna Ballard and Don McLeroy favor a "back-to-basics" approach to education, including reading instruction based on phonics and math teaching based on arithmetic. Said 11th District board member Richard Neill, one of five social conservatives, "The GOP will be in excellent shape going into the November general election. I am elated with the primary results."
If all the social conservatives win in November, including Richard Watson, who is the only social conservative on the board facing a Democrat challenger, they will be just one seat short of a majority. Two other Republican board members, who are more liberal, vote with the conservatives on some issues.