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Texas State Board of Education looking to election

The ideological divide that has marked the Texas State Board of Education reached a fevered pitch three years ago when an intense fight over how to teach evolution put the state in the national spotlight. The board dominated by a large social conservative bloc eventually reached a compromise that dropped a requirement for Texas public schools to teach the "strengths and weaknesses" of evolution and encouraged teachers to consider "all sides" of scientific theories.  The debate could heat up again next year when the board is set to adopt new science textbooks for classrooms across the state. But all 15 of the board's spots are on the ballot in the Nov. 6 elections, a chance for voters to decide how much conservative influence they want on a panel responsible for establishing the state's public school curriculum. 

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