Four candidates are vying in the GOP primary for a seat representing four North Central Texas counties on the State Board of Education. The board selects text books for Texas public schools and oversees the Permanent School Fund which pays for the text books. “D.C.” Caldwell, Rebecca Garcia and Joshua Tarbay have filed to oust incumbent Patricia “Pat” Hardy on the panel. District 11 on the 15-member panel takes in all of Parker, Hood and Somervell counties, along with parts of Tarrant and Johnson counties. Candidate stories appear in the order on which they appear on the March 1 ballot. Multiple messages left for Garcia requesting an interview were not returned by deadline.
Hardy is particularly interested in a new term because the next subject at bat in textbook selection is social studies – a subject she taught in the classroom.
The State Board of Education is charged with selecting texts which align with the Texas Essential Knowledge and Skills, or TEKS.
“I spent my whole career as a social studies teacher, and world history/geography,” she said. “And for 24 years I ran the state geography bee.”
Hardy, 73, was among the voices decrying the discipline of critical race theory in Texas public schools, where it is not taught — technically.
Hardy said she worked closely with Texas Sen. Bryan Hughes, R-Mineola, as the lawmaker wrote Senate Bill 3, which among other things codified the ban on critical race theory in k-12.
That doesn’t mean she shuns teaching students about racially sensitive topics such as slavey, she said.