Texas State Board of Education Targets Susan B. Anthony in Last Minute Amendments

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Just when you thought it couldn't get any crazier, Don McLeroy — who lost his bid for re-election in the Republican primary but appears hell-bent on inserting as much insanity into Texas' textbook process as possible — is proposing that Susan B. Anthony, among others, espoused negative information about America.

From the El Paso Times story, “More changes sought for history textbooks”

One of McLeroy's proposals is for students to question the separation of church and state as they study the First Amendment.

Another would amend the standards to cast muckrakers and reformers such as Upton Sinclair, Susan B. Anthony, Ida B. Wells and W.E.B. Dubois as figures espousing negative views of America. McLeroy said such figures should be contrasted with optimistic immigrants that include Jean Pierre Godet as told in painter Thomas Kinkade's book “The Spirit of America.”

A Republican from College Station, McLeroy lost his bid for re-election but he remains in office until January.

Conservative members of the board have already added measures such as one that would require high school students to learn more about the “conservative resurgence of the 1980s and 1990s, including Phyllis Schlafly, the Contract with America, the Heritage Foundation, the Moral Majority, and the National Rifle Association.”

Help our State Board of Education candidates and sign their petition, joined with the Texas Democratic Party, to put an end to this nonsense! Once you've done that, visit their websites to help them:

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Phillip Martin

Currently the Research and Policy Director for Progress Texas and the Texas Research Institute, Phillip Martin writes occasional long-form pieces for BOR that promote focused analysis and insight into Texas politics. Born and raised in Austin, Phillip started working in politics in 2003 and started writing on BOR in the summer of 2005. Phillip has worked for the Texas Democratic Trust, the Texas Legislative Study Group, and now the Progress Texas family. He is a lifelong Houston Astros fan, a loyal Longhorn, and loves swimming at Barton Springs Pool.

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  1. Susan B. Anthony List
    Didn't Sarah Palin and a number of other right-wingers recently found the Susan B. Anthony List as a supposed counterweight to EMILY's List?

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