SBOE Forum in Austin This Saturday

Passing along some information about a very interesting forum on the State Board of Education coming up in Austin this Saturday, November 7:

Panel on “Textbooks, TAKS, and the State Board of Education”

Speakers include Mark Grayson, former textbook representative to the SBOE
for Science for Holt, Rinehart and Winston, State Rep. Donna Howard (D-Austin),
and Dr. Harrison Keller, Vice Provost for Education Policy and Research at
the University of Texas at Austin.

Saturday, November 7, 11:45am-1:15pm

Yarborough Branch Library
2200 Hancock Drive, Austin, TX  78756

The event is free and open to the public. If you care about these issues, check it out.

8 thoughts on “SBOE Forum in Austin This Saturday

  1. With the GOP victories in NJ and VA, I’m sure the SBOE will be feelin’ empowered and vindicated. Watch for them to mentally high-five each other and go even further out of reality, into their conservative Fantasyland.

    Btw, the GOP wins in NJ and VA were SO predictable they were boring. Ole rantin’ Cytocop was right again. You realize, of course, this could be just the first wave of a conservative tsunami coming next November.

  2. Oh yes, and someone is going to point out that a Democrat won in the NY23rd. While that’s true, a congressional district does not equal two governorships.

  3. Nope. You’re just ignoring all the details to point to the R or D behind their names. Corzine is a former Goldman Sachs executive who used his vast “earnings” and scummy buddies in Congress to get himself elected as a Democrat. Every time Christie’s crew brought this point up in commercials/phone polls, Corzine’s numbers went South. Corzine’s use of the “fat man” dig was seen as a pretty egregious assault on the guy. Corzine really didn’t run a very good campaign, similar to McCain’s constant foot-in-mouth episodes. Remember, Obama previously told Corzine that he should drop out of the campaign. Not exactly a shocker there.

    Obama won Virginia, but look who he was running against. I do agree with you that for McDonnell to be elected after people seeing how much of a religious right ideologue he his, is baffling to me, but it’s obviously a plus to most of those backwards imbeciles, and we are talking about a pretty conservative state.

    Ny23 was a blatant slap at the far-right carpetbaggers coming into their district and trying to tell them who they should vote for. I love it.

  4. Here’s an excerpt from Think Progress, via DailyKos, pointing out that Creigh Deeds ran to the right, so the left…left.:

    And today, Think Progress expands on that point with a look at how Creigh Deeds failed to run as a progressive … and failed miserably:

    * NOT PROGRESSIVE ON CLIMATE: By the end of his campaign, Deeds was running ads attacking Obama’s clean energy agenda, saying Obama’s “cap and trade bill” would “hurt the people of Virginia.” Other ads carried the same message: “Creigh Deeds says no to any new energy taxes from Washington.” Instead of disputing his Republican opponent’s false attacks on climate legislation, Deeds amplified them. Deeds chose to run away from his past record on environment and climate issues. […]

    * NOT PROGRESSIVE ON HEALTH CARE: During the final gubernatorial debate, Deeds stressed that health reform must “reduce costs so more people can afford insurance” and “increase coverage,” but argued that creating the option of a public health care plan “isn’t required.” “I don’t think the public option is necessary in any plan…I would certainly consider opting out if that were available to Virginia,” he said. […]

    * NOT PROGRESSIVE ON LABOR ISSUES: “When I’m governor, you won’t just have a friend in Richmond — you’ll have a partner,” Deeds told union supporters in October, 2008. However, despite support from SEIU and the Teamsters, Deeds then proceeded to campaign on an anti-labor platform. He opposed the Employee Free Choice Act (EFCA) — which would have created a fairer path toward unionization for workers — saying it would “put us at a competitive disadvantage” and reasserting the false right-wing claim that EFCA would eliminate the secret ballot in union elections. […]

    * NOT PROGRESSIVE ON IMMIGRATION REFORM: More than one in ten Virginians are immigrants. The Immigration Policy Center also points out that Latinos comprised 2.0% (or 74,000) of Virginia voters in the 2008 elections — enough to make a difference in a tight race. Creigh Deeds might regret repeatedly voting in favor of legislation that would hurt a large and growing part of his constituency.

  5. Actually, I’m not as stupid as you think, Trog. I knew all that about Corzine. The problem is that NJ voters turned to a Republican instead of an independent which would probably have been a better choice. As for VA, Bob McDonnell was smart enough to hide his radical conservative ideas and campaign only on issues the voters were more concerned about. He may even have run as sort of a stealth candidate, falsely denouncing the radical anti-female remarks he had made as a student. But the truth will out: I’m not confident he will be able to hide his true colors for long.

    The same could be said of Timothy Geithner, Treasury Sec as Corzine. Geithner is a former Goldman-Sachs exec who used his connections to get into the cabinet, proving the eternal marriage between Wall Street and Government. This is why I’m disappointed with Obama and most Democrats: they’re just as corporate-connected as Republicans and, therefore, not progressive enough.

    Cytocop awaits the hate mail.

  6. Cytocop, I value your opinions as intelligent, and far more honest than a lot of my fellow lefties.

    As to Geithner and all the rest, you’ll get no argument from me. I’m having some extreme buyer’s remorse right now, though I’d have voted third party rather than that immoral imbecile, McCain.

  7. Thank you, Trog. We have no argument after all. Like you, for me it’s always a choice of which candidate is the greater and lesser offender. Sometimes that’s a real challenge although yes, McPalin would have been the far greater offender for sure.

  8. Thank you, Trog. We have no argument then after all. I agree McPalin was the least attractive choice in 2008 – by far.