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Texas Science Textbook Wars: Ed Board Slashes Time for Public Comment

The always entertaining spectacle of the State Board of Education assessing science through the filter of Jesus will be slightly less entertaining when things start up again this week, if only because the time allowed for public comments has been slashed drastically.

New SBOE chair Barbara Cargill, who's already admirably filled the wingnut shoes of her predecessors by publicly announcing there are only "six true conservative Christians on the board," has limited public comments to four hours, "regardless of how many people sign up to testify," the Texas Freedom Network says.

The board later this week will take up new science materials for adoption.

"Unfortunately, hopes that the new chair might focus the board on ensuring that Texas kids get a sound education have almost evaporated just two weeks after her appointment by Governor Perry," TFN's Kathy Miller says. "Ms. Cargill appears to be just as determined as her two predecessors to promote divisive 'culture war' battles on the state board and in our children's classrooms. And her decision to dramatically limit public testimony this week demonstrates a stunning disregard for the concerns of parents and other citizens who want students to get a science education that truly prepares them to succeed in college and a 21st-century economy."

The four-hour limit means not only will the board not get to hear from people they will blithely ignore, such as people who don't think cavemen rode dinosaurs, but it also means we won't get to experience the "experts" and their "evidence" about intelligent design.

In these dark days, we could use that entertainment, dammit.


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