Ratliff wins GOP nod to stay on Board of Education

May 30, 2012 at 12:30 a.m.

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Incumbent Thomas Ratliff has won the Republican nomination for the District 9 spot on the State Board of Education.

Ratliff defeated financial adviser Randy Stevenson. There is no Democratic candidate in the general election on Nov. 6.

Ratliff is a lobbyist from Mount Pleasant and was elected to the board in 2010 when he defeated former board chairman Don McLeroy. McLeroy was a controversial conservative on the board.

Ratliff, a moderate voice on the board, says on his website that his goals include taking politics out of public schools.

All 15 board spots are up for re-election following re-districting last year. District 9 covers East Texas.

The board's responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state's permanent school fund.



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