Posted: Oct 20, 2012 11:01 AM
Updated: Oct 20, 2012 11:01 AM
DALLAS (AP) The upcoming Texas Board of Education elections will determine how much control social conservatives who have waged ideological battles in the past will have on the panel.
All 15 of the board's spots are on the Nov. 6 ballot, and the results will likely play a major role in how the board handles the adoption of new science textbooks next year.
The board has been marked in recent years not by a partisan divide, but by an ideological one. This includes attempts by social conservatives to draw doubts to the theory of evolution and elevate conservative figures in history lessons. Currently, there are four Democrats and 11 Republicans on the board, with six of those Republicans considered part of the social conservative bloc.