Nearly all of the candidates for Districts 4, 6, 7 and 8 on the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) have accepted offers to post videos touting their qualifications and campaigns on Houston television station KHOU’s website. Most of the Southeast Texas candidates focused their appeals on education, such as issues involving the quality of curriculum standards and standardized testing. But in yet another shot in the culture wars that have dominated the state board’s work in recent years, District 8 incumbent (and current board chair) Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, seems to think voters are particularly interested in knowing that she’s against gays, Muslims and abortion. (Scroll down for links to other SBOE candidate videos.)

Click here for KHOU’s page with links to all of the Southeast Texas SBOE candidate videos. Specific links for each candidate are also below:

District 4: Lawrence Allen, D-Fresno Dorothy Olmos, R-Houston (no video yet)

District 6: Donna Bahorich, R-Houston Gene Clark, L-Harris County Traci Jensen, D-Houston Patty Quintana-Nilsson, D-Houston David Scott, D-Houston

District 7:

KPFT Pacifica Radio in Houston (90.1 FM) is dealing with some technical issues, but tonight’s State Board of Education (SBOE) forum is still set for 6 p.m. If you can’t get the station over the air, you can listen online at or through the KPFT Apple iPhone app.

Tonight’s forum features candidates for the SBOE District 8 seat. Tomorrow (6 p.m., Thursday, April 26), KPFT will air a forum for District 6 candidates. You can call in questions for the candidates during the forums at 713-526-5738.

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund is co-sponsoring the forums. Click here for a list of state board candidates this year as well as information about the board districts.… Read More

Cynthia Dunbar sounds just as extreme as she was when she left the Texas State Board of Education (SBOE) at the end of 2010. Dunbar spoke Sunday night in Dallas as part of a panel discussion after a screening of the new documentary film “The Revisionaries.” The film, which premiered on Friday at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York, chronicles efforts by Dunbar and other religious-right SBOE members to hijack the revision of the science and social studies curriculum standards for Texas public schools from 2008 to 2010. Bud Kennedy of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram reports that Dunbar on Sunday claimed opposition to including creationist’s anti-evolution arguments in science classrooms is “viewpoint discrimination.” From Kennedy’s piece:

Dunbar is one of several board members featured in the documentary, which “stars” former board Chairman Don McLeroy and his “young-Earth” view of creation, including his belief that dinosaurs were alongside other animals aboard Noah’s Ark.

The documentary revisits the board’ 2010 debate over teaching evolution.

Dunbar said even though “experts” oppose discussing other views as science, “that’s what they talked about in pre-Holocaust Germany as well.” She added that “making us a homogenous society that has [only] one… Read More

The Texas Freedom Network Education Fund has agreed to serve as a co-sponsor for two forums for State Board of Education candidates in the Houston area. The forums will be hosted by Houston’s KPFT Pacifica Radio (90.1 FM). The Woodlands Coffee Party is also a co-sponsor.

A forum for SBOE District 8 candidates is set for 6-7 p.m., Wednesday, April 25. Republican candidate Linda Ellis of The Woodlands and Democratic candidate Dexter Smith of Friendwood have accepted invitations to participate in the forum. Republican incumbent and SBOE chairwoman Barbara Cargill, R-The Woodlands, and Democratic candidate Rick Soliz (campaign website unknown) of Humble have not yet responded to requests from KPFT.

A forum for District 6 Democratic candidates is set for 6-7 p.m., Thursday, April 26. Candidates Traci Jensen, Patty Quintana-Nilsson and David Scott, all of Houston, have accepted invitations to participate. Republican Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, is unopposed  in the GOP primary and will not participate in this forum. KPFT plans to invite Bahorich to participate in a forum for general election candidates in the fall. The winner of the November general election will replace… Read More

Because of redistricting, all 15 seats on the Texas State Board of Education will be up for grabs in the November 2012 elections. The results of those elections will determine whether the religious right’s corrosive influence over public education will weaken or grow as the board considers what the next generation of public school students in Texas will learn about sex education, social studies, science and other subjects. We plan to publish on TFN Insider candidate announcements for a seat on the SBOE. We will publish announcements in no particular order, and their publication does not constitute any sort of endorsement by TFN. We will redact requests for contributions or mentions of fundraising events from the announcements, but we will provide links to the candidates’ websites (if available).

Click here to go to TFN’s SBOE Election HQ, with in-depth information about state board districts, elections and candidates this year.

Judy Jennings, District 10, D-Austin (Current District 10 Board Member: Marsha Farney, R-Georgetown)

Judy Jennings is running for the open District 10 seat on the SBOE. Current District 10 board member Marsha Farney will vacate her seat to run for the Texas House. Jennings’ website is