Texas Senate Committee OKs State Board Of Education Chair

A Texas Senate committee Monday sent the nomination of a State Board of Education chair to the full Senate.

Barbara Cargill (File)

AUSTIN (February 18, 2013)--Barbara Cargill's nomination for a second term as chairwoman of the State Board of Education is headed to the full Texas Senate for consideration after a committee vote Monday.

Gov. Rick Perry appointed Cargill in 2011, but the Senate wasn't in session.

Perry has reappointed her, and the Senate Nomination Committee voted Monday to send the nomination to the full chamber.

The Senate voted to reject board chair nominees in 2007 and 2009, but Monday's vote makes Cargill's confirmation more likely.

A Republican from The Woodlands, and a former biology teacher, Cargill has voted to require that "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution be taught in Texas schools.

The board's fight over evolution and intelligent design theory in science curriculum made national headlines in 2009, when it adopted standards encouraging public schools to scrutinize "all sides" of scientific theory.

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