Meet the New Texas BOE Chair; Same as the Old Texas BOE Chair

Given the long history of putting ignorant creationists in charge of the Texas State Board of Education, it’s hardly a surprise that Gov. Greg Abbott has named a Liberty University grad to that position. But there’s an added bonus: She’s also a homeschooling parents who opposes public schools. My friends at the Texas Freedom Network respond:

Texas Freedom Network President Kathy Miller is expressing disappointment in Gov. Greg Abbott’s decision, announced today, to appoint State Board of Education member Donna Bahorich, R-Houston, as board chair:

“If Gov. Abbott wanted to demonstrate that he won’t continue his predecessor’s efforts to politicize and undermine our state’s public schools, this appointment falls far short. The governor has appointed as board chair an ideologue who voted to adopt new textbooks that scholars sharply criticized as distorting American history, who rejected public education for her own family and who supports shifting tax dollars from neighborhood public schools to private and religious schools through vouchers. This appointment almost guarantees that the board will continue to put culture war agendas ahead of educating more than 5 million Texas kids.”

In 2013, her first year on the board, Bahorich voted against a resolution urging the Legislature to reject private school vouchers. Bahorich also homeschooled her three sons and then sent them to private and religious school. The board adopted controversial new social studies textbooks in 2014.

94% of students in Texas attend public schools. Bahorich knows nothing about public schools except that they are bad. Brilliant choice, Mr. Abbott. As the late great Molly Ivins, who spent her career chronicling the absurdity of the Christian right in Texas, would say: And so it goes.

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  • John Pieret

    Given the last two board chairs, it’s doubtful she can do more harm. She will just continue the grand tradition of the Texas BoE shooting the students supposedly in their care and the state itself in the foot.

  • colnago80

    The more things change, the more they remain the same.

  • https://plus.google.com/101060696320014364594 Darren VanDusen

    It’s times like this that it’s embarrassing to admit that I’m from Texas (and that seems to happen far too often). Glad I’m well passed my public school days, but it just seems like a bad dream from which I can’t wake up

  • http://motherwell.livejournal.com/ Raging Bee

    She will just continue the grand tradition of the Texas BoE shooting the students supposedly in their care and the state itself in the foot.

    Well, if you give the teachers guns, maybe they could shoot back. Problem solved.

  • http://en.uncyclopedia.co/wiki/User:Modusoperandi Modusoperandi

    Look, we all know that government schools have problems. First of all, they exist…

  • theDukedog7 .

    The 14th Amendment mandates that Bahorich be appointed. The penumbra has emanated.

    Read Kennedy’s latest opinion carefully.

  • raven

    The GOP War On Public Schools is just a War on our children and a War on the USA.

    1. The USA became the last, if flailing, superpower and world’s largest economy during the era of public education. The principle is, don’t fix what isn’t broken.

    2. If the schools get too bad, the rich private school. Private schools run around $10,000 a year. Two kids and you are spending a new car every year.

    Needless to say many can’t afford that.

  • raven

    I’ve always been a huge fan of education.

    Good education fixes a lot of things. It’s the closest thing there is to magic that actually…works.

    Among it’s magic properties are social mobility, a characteristic of the USA which still exists but is fading. Lots of people come from “modest circumstances” meaning dead end nowheresvilles of one sort or another. Rural areas, broken homes, inner cities, mind deadening suburbs, religious cultist homes, psycho parents, etc..

    A good education is a good way out of all that. I’ve seen it many times, including the one who takes care of my cats.

    The GOP christofascist War on Public Education is a War on the USA and just about everyone who lives here and isn’t rich. The GOP paradise looks exactly like any third world banana republic.

  • theDukedog7 .

    The Public Education System is owned entirely by the Dem christophobic crowd.

    The fact that it sucks is Republican’s fault, though.

  • caseloweraz

    “If Gov. Abbott wanted to demonstrate that he won’t continue his predecessor’s efforts to politicize and undermine our state’s public schools, this appointment falls far short.

    Why would Governor Abbott want to do that? Undermining public schools is a vital element in the campaign to create a compliant underclass whose members work for a pittance and vote against their own interests. In some states it seems to be a recipe for political success.

    Of course, it’s a recipe for disaster in the long term — for values of “long” on the short side of the range. But even short values of “long” will exceed Abbott’s term in office.

  • scienceavenger

    Luckily this has less impact than it used to. More and more kids are turning to educational resources on the internet, rather than depending on school book choices.

    As the late great Molly Ivins, who spent her career chronicling the absurdity of the Christian right in Texas, Linda Ellerbee would say: And so it goes.

    FTFY Ed. Pleasee stop making me do this.

  • Crudely Wrott, lurching towards recrudescence

    It is a self-defeating effort to “teach your children well, their father’s hell is just a good bye”. After all, when kids are kept ignorant and fed pablum they can grow up just like Mom and Dad; helpless.

    And so it goes, Billy Pilgrim. And so it goes.

    God dammit. Really, god damns it. So, ah, waddaya gonna do? Anybody? Got a bandaid? Got a plan? How about you, DukeDog7? Any suggestions that we haven’t heard yet?

  • longship

    9: @DukeDog:

    Dr. Egnor, your straight jacket is ready. Please put up your arms willingly or we will make you do it.

  • Doc Bill

    It’s actually worse and more cynical than you imagine. Abbott made the appointment at the close of the legislative session. The SBOE chair confirmation process won’t be brought up until 2017, close to the end of Bahorich’s term. Recall the YEC McLeroy did not get confirmed by the Senate, but he was the chairman for years and presided over the worst of the science standards changes.

    If you look at the blatant religious pandering that’s gone on between Abbott, Lt. Gov. Patrick, AG Paxton and Senator Cruz it makes your head spin and it makes no sense – on the surface. Why pander? Abbott’s not running for office and why cater to such a small segment of the population? Well, that small segment, the faith-on-sleeve religious Republican right represent a significant proportion of primary voters. What’s going on with all the fear mongering is to keep this segment whipped into a frenzy to get candidates positioned in the primaries.

    None of these knuckleheads gives a flip about what’s taught in schools. Nope, not a bit. It’s all about being seen to “protect religious liberties” that drives all of this: protecting children from government indoctrination, atheism, experts (!) and liberal eggheads. All the bogey men are brought up time and time again and the religious right base just eats it up, donates money and votes. Shameless manipulation? Yep, that’s the ticket.

    (Oh, one more observation. These people getting whipped up about school standards, most of them (probably overwhelmingly) are older and don’t have kids in school any more.)

  • http://festeringscabofrealityblogspot.com fifthdentist

    Is there an ignore button on here?

    My cats leave more interesting contributions in the litter box than one of the commentators on this thread. The cat shit also doesn’t leave behind as much of a stench of complete ignorance.

  • abb3w

    theDukedog7

    The Public Education System is owned entirely by the Dem christophobic crowd.

    The word “entirely” is gross hyperbole; I think the Texas SBoE has had more GOP members than Democrats since at least 2000, but you might check into that.

  • scienceavenger

    The “Dem christophobic crowd”, even being most generous and assuming there is such a thing, controls next to nothing here in Texas. It seems too obvious to have to state, but if it did, this article would not have been written.

  • daved

    The word “entirely” is gross hyperbole; I think the Texas SBoE has had more GOP members than Democrats since at least 2000, but you might check into that.

    That would require actual effort. He won’t bother.

  • colnago80

    Re fifthdentist

    Yes, there is an extension called Blog Killfile available for both Firefox and Chrome which will hide the contributions of assholes like Schmucknor. When active and applied to a particular commenter, one gets the message: HLighly recommended.

    Comment by theDukedog7 . blocked.

  • D. C. Sessions

    That would require actual effort. He won’t bother.

    Worse: he’s likely to run across facts, which have a well-known liberal bias.

  • ‘smee

    this is a placeholder for a PSA that I won’t post anymore, because bored.

    Unlike dukedog aka Egnorator aka Schmucknor aka dumb racist homophobic christianist fuckwit… I can’t just post the same shit time after time.

  • Crudely Wrott, lurching towards recrudescence

    Part of me wants to block the Egnoramus yet another part of me wants to see how . . . poor it can get.

    I feel like a younger self when I used to watch Creature Feature on Friday nights, peeking through my fingers at the scary scenes.

    The difference is that I am no longer scared. I laugh and then go about damage control. Work, work, work. That’s all I ever do. Thanks, DookieDoggy. You got your wish; diverting my energy. Good thing I have more than you have.

  • Hoosier X

    I don’t think that’s the real dukedog.

    There’s a just a little too much wit.