Laurie Turner, Republican nominee for the District 2 seat on the State Board of Education, is sounding like yet another culture warrior who wants control over what millions of Texas kids learn in their public schools. In an opinion piece published Monday on the conservative website Texas Insider, Turner urges readers:

“(R)emember there can only be one winner: a conservative Board, or a liberal Board.  What group do you want advocating for education: one that will uphold the integrity and family values that we all share; putting education first or one that focuses on personal ideologies and social engineering as well as taking God out of education.”

Turner easily defeated her opponent, Veronica Anzaldua, in last month’s GOP primary in the SBOE district that stretches from north of Corpus Christi to the Rio Grande Valley. Anzaldua had received the highest rating in the contest on a voter guide distributed by religious-right groups. Now Turner is sounding like her defeated opponent.… 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). Laurie J. Turner, District 2, R-Corpus Christi (Current District 2 Board Member: Mary Helen Berlanga, D-Corpus Christi; not seeking re-election) Laurie Turner recently announced on her website her intent to seek the SBOE District 2 seat. That seat has been held for more than two decades by Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga, who announced earlier this year that she will not seek re-election to the board. As a Board…… Read More