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.