GOP challengers join Texas ed board battleground

SAN ANTONIO (AP) - Conservatives on the influential Texas state
education board that's stirred controversy over science and history
standards are facing strong challenges in their Republican primary
races.
Liberal observers say the Tuesday primary could purge the state
Board of Education of some of the most far-right members. That
includes Don McLeroy, an ardent Christian conservative ousted as
board chairman following a contentious battle over the evolution
curriculum in 2008.
McLeroy says the board has achieved balance. He is being
challenged by lobbyist Thomas Ratliff, who says the board suffers
from a "PR problem."
Texas is one of largest textbook customers in the nation. That
gives the board significant influence over the content of books
marketed across the country.


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