At least two of the Republican candidates running for the Texas State Board of Education indicated in a conservative voter’s guide that they don’t believe the Texas State Board of Education should have any authority over how children are educated.
Both Eric Mahroum (R) and Lady Theresa Thombs (R) “disagree” that it “is the government’s responsibility to be sure children are properly educated.” Incumbent Pat Hardy (R) joined the pair in “strongly agree[ing]” that “the more people [who] live by Judeo-Christian values, the less government is needed.”
The three “strongly agree[d] that “free market competition for education dollars” would be preferable to a “government monopoly” on education. TFN Insidernoted that “‘free market competition’ is the core argument for private school vouchers, which take tax dollars from public schools to pay tuition for students admitted to private and religious schools.”
All three candidates also “strongly disagree” that “[e]fforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America do not pose a threat to our country and its Constitution.” In addition to believing that “[e]fforts to bring Islamic law (shariah) to America” both exist and are a pressing concern of national interest, all but the relatively moderate Hardy “strongly agree” that “[r]eligious freedom is our most foundational freedom.” Hardy replied “neutral” to that question.
In January, Lady Theresa Thombs dismissed incumbent Republican Hardy as “a lifelong Democrat.” She said that her fellow Tea Party candidate Mahroum was “inexperienced,” as his only “real experience in management is Chuck E. Cheese.”
Thombs then declared that she wanted to make sure history lessons were written by “experts, not people from some socialist higher education.”
“We know we we didn’t come from monkeys,” she continued, a sentiment she echoed this morning on Twitter:
At the time of the January meeting, her campaign website said that she was running for a position on the Texas State Board of Education to fight “adgendas [sic] and ideoligies [sic].” The site declared that she wants to “stem the tide of our best and brightest teachers leaving the classroom to pursue other carriers [sic], because they can no longer live with the policies and mandates they no [sic] are harmful to their students.”
Watch a video of Lady Theresa Thombs singing at the Forth Worth Religious Freedom Rally below.
Scott Eric Kaufman is the proprietor of the AV Club's Internet Film School and, in addition to Raw Story, also writes for Lawyers, Guns & Money. He earned a Ph.D. in English Literature from the University of California, Irvine in 2008.
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