Candidates opposed to teaching “ critical race theory ” in the classroom have won a local Texas school board election, following a hotly contested campaign that saw passions soar on both sides.
In Saturday’s election in Southlake, candidates who opposed the new curriculum overwhelmingly won the two open seats on the board of the Carroll Independent School District, with nearly 70 percent of the vote.
The election followed a hard dispute over plans the district introduced last summer to require diversity and inclusion training after a video went viral in which some high school students laughed while shouting the N word.
Parents filled in at school board meetings to oppose the plan, arguing that it would create a ‘diversity police’ and discriminate against white children. Some even took their children out of the ward, and a mother sued the case, interrupting the plan’s execution.
In Saturday’s election in Southlake, candidates opposed to “critical race theory” overwhelmingly won the two vacant seats on the board of the Carroll Independent School District.
In Saturday’s election, the result was a landslide, with candidates backed by the conservative Southlake Families PAC winning every race by a margin of nearly 40 points, according to Southlake style.
In addition to the two seats eligible for election on the school board, conservative candidates swept the elections for mayor and two open seats on the city council.
Voter turnout for the election shattered the attendance figures for a local race in Southlake.
The results, which come amid a national debate about race lessons in the classroom, have been like a win for parents who use critical race theory (CRT) as harmful and divisive. But the result has been a bitter disappointment to those who see CRT as essential to the fight against racism.
CRT is a theoretical framework that society views as dominated by white supremacy, categorizing people as ‘privileged’ or ‘oppressed’ based on their skin color.
In a race on the school board, Hannah Smith, a Southlake attorney who worked with Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, defeated Ed Hernandez, a business adviser.
Hannah Smith, a Southlake attorney who served with Supreme Court justices Clarence Thomas and Samuel Alito, defeated Ed Hernandez, a corporate adviser, in Saturday’s election
“This election was a referendum on those who put personal politics and divisive philosophies over Carroll ISD students and families and their common American ancestry and Texas values,” Smith said in a statement on Facebook.
“Voters have gathered in record numbers to restore unity,” she added. In a land-shifting mood, they don’t want racially divisive critical race theory to be taught to their children or forced on their teachers. Voters agreed with my positive vision of our community and its future. ‘
Hernandez, an immigrant from Mexico, told me NBC News that he was distraught over the message the election is sending to students who came forward with stories of racist and anti-gay bullying.
“I don’t want to think about all those kids sharing their stories, their testimonies,” Hernandez told the outlet.
‘I don’t want to think about that now, because it is really very difficult for me. I feel really bad for all those kids, all of them who shared a story. I have no words for it, ”he said.
For the other seat, Cameron ‘Cam’ Bryan, a civil engineer who coaches youth football, beat Lynda Warner, an organizational psychologist who volunteered in the class.
For the other open board seat, Cameron ‘Cam’ Bryan, a civil engineer who coaches youth football, beat Lynda Warner, an organizational psychologist who volunteered in the classroom.
“I feel humbled that I have earned your trust, confidence, and votes. I look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting back to work soon, ”Bryan said in a Facebook post.
Warner, for her part, expanded an olive branch in her concession statement, urging the community to come together and support the new school board.
“While I am sad not to be the winner of this race, I have comfort in knowing that qualified and virtuous people hold seats on the Carroll ISD Board of Trustees,” Warner wrote.
“Cam is a proud Southlake native, a community and CISD supporter, and has impressive qualifications that will help CISD through this challenging period,” she continued.
“ I urge all Southlake residents who have supported me to join me in not only congratulating him, but also expressing the best wishes in his efforts to bring our community together and find a compromise where necessary. , build bridges within the community and continue the proud tradition of Carroll. ISD. ‘