State Board of Education Chairwoman Barbara Cargill walked back previous comments on board politics and the separation of church and state at her Senate confirmation hearing Monday, seeking to assure senators she will lead the panel fairly.
State Sen. Kirk Watson, D-Austin, closely questioned Cargill for the majority of the hearing, with other senators occasionally chiming in. He pointed out that Cargill once categorized the board as having “six true conservative Christians” and used a political litmus test for educators looking to join a curriculum writing team, asking if applicants considered themselves “a conservative.”
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