AUSTIN, TX – Democrats in the Texas Senate have blocked the reappointment of a creationist to head the state board that sets standards and policies for Texas public schools.
The 19-11 vote was one vote shy of the two-thirds approval needed to support Gov. Rick Perry’s nomination of Don McLeroy as chairman of the State Board of Education.
McLeroy has been chairman of the board since 2007 and will remain a member. He has supported requiring students to “evaluate the sufficiency or insufficiency” of the theory of evolution.