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Education Reporter
NUMBER 148 THE NEWSPAPER OF EDUCATION RIGHTS MAY 1998
Conservatives Win Primary
For Seats on Texas Board

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AUSTIN, TX - Conservative candidates for the Texas State Board of Education won a clean sweep in the state's primary election in March. The victory of at least one of the candidates, Judy Strickland, of the Lubbock/Amarillo district, was described as a "major upset." Her opponent was a past president of the Lubbock School Board and had considerable name recognition.

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.


 
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