School board candidates opposed to critical race theory won nearly every election in the largest counties in Texas as concerns about the direction of public education continue to loom large in American politics.
The group 1776 Project PAC, which works to elect school board candidates “who want to reform our public education system by promoting patriotism and pride in American history” by “abolishing critical race theory and ‘The 1619 Project’ from the public school curriculum,” announced on Twitter Saturday that “every single one of our endorsed candidates just won their school board races in Texas.”
The 1776 Project PAC endorsed 15 candidates in Texas, and all but one of them won their races outright, with one race headed to a runoff.
Encyclopedia Brittanica defines critical race theory as an “intellectual and social movement and loosely organized framework of legal analysis based on the premise that race is not a natural, biologically grounded feature of physically distinct subgroups of human beings but a socially constructed (culturally invented) category designed to oppress and exploit people of color.”
According to The Dallas Morning News, in the Southlake Carroll Independent School District, candidates supported by the 1776 Project PAC beat their challengers by more than 2-1 to win both of the seats on the ballot. The strong performance by conservative candidates extended to other school districts based in the populous counties including and/or surrounding Dallas.
In the Frisco Independent School District, two of the three seats went to candidates supported by the 1776 Project PAC, who beat their opponents by smaller margins. In Grapevine-Colleyville Independent School District, a 1776 Project PAC-backed challenger defeated an incumbent school board member in one of two contested races.
Three candidates supported by the 1776 Project PAC defeated their challengers outright in school board races for the Mansfield Independent School District. A fourth race headed to a runoff election will feature a 1776 Project PAC-backed candidate facing off against another candidate at a later date. All three 1776 Project PAC candidates won contested school board races in the Keller Independent School District (see here, here and here).
In the Spring Branch Independent School District in the Houston area, three candidates supported by the 1776 Project PAC received twice as many votes as the closest competitors in their respective school board races. While the 1776 Project PAC endorsed 15 candidates in this year’s school board elections, additional conservative organizations threw their support behind candidates who also performed well in Saturday’s elections.
True Texas Project, which “exists to educate and motivate citizen engagement in all levels of government” and believes in “constitutional government, national sovereignty, fiscal responsibility, personal responsibility, and rule of law,” also saw several of its recommended candidates perform well in school board races. Both of the group endorsed candidates in the Dripping Springs Independent School District in the Austin area won their school board races.
True Texas-backed candidates won one of two races in the Clear Creek Independent School District, in the Houston area, and all three races in the Allen Independent School District, two of three races in Carrollton-Farmers Branch Independent School District, and one of three seats in the Lewisville Independent School District. One of the organization’s preferred candidates is heading to a runoff in the Richardson Independent School District race.
Texas Gov. Greg Abbott weighed in on the election, citing the results as evidence that “parents are more involved and active in school elections and school policies than ever before.” Maintaining that “no one cares more about children than their parents,” he predicted that “the power of parents will continue to expand in Texas.”
The Texas school board elections come as parents and community members across the United States have confronted school boards about sexually explicit material available in school libraries and included as part of school curriculum and school districts’ embrace of critical race theory.
Concerns about the curriculum in public schools have led states to take action. In states including North Dakota and Idaho, lawmakers have banned their schools from teaching critical race theory. In contrast, Florida has passed a measure banning school officials from discussing sexual orientation and gender identity topics with students in kindergarten through third grade.
Launched last year, 1776 Project PAC has previously endorsed school board candidates in Colorado, Kansas, Minnesota, New Jersey, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Virginia. Most of the group’s endorsed candidates emerged victorious in their respective elections in each state.
Ryan Foley is a reporter for The Christian Post. He can be reached at: firstname.lastname@example.org