Saturday, May 22, 2010


The New Battle of Glorietta Pass

I hate to break it to you Coloradans but you've got another battle with Texas coming up. Barry Arrington, ex-Texan and webmaster at Uncommon Descent, is running for the Colorado state Board of Education.

Arrington holds a business degree from the University of Texas-Arlington and a law degree from the University of Texas law school, has been a CPA and an attorney, with his practice focused on business, non-profit law, contract law, school law, real estate and constitutional law.

He lists his "qualifications" for the board as:

[H]e is also a conservative Republican [as was the previous holder of the seat, who is term-limited] with a proven track record of conservative activism, cutting taxes, fiscal conservatism, social conservatism and that he is an education reformer and passionately pro-life.
You lucky Coloradans!

Arrington promises that pushing ID "is not on his agenda" so you don't have to worry about that, given how honest IDers always are about their motives.

His opponent is Debora Scheffel, who is the dean of the School of Education at Jones International University but is presently on loan to the Colorado Department of Education as a special assistant on literacy to the Education Commissioner. She holds a master's degree in education from the University of Denver, specializing in special education, learning disabilities and emotional disturbance. Scheffel also has a Ph.D. from Northwestern University in communication science and communicative disorders. She has been a special education teacher in the Douglas County Public Schools, a professor of special education at the University of Northern Colorado and Fort Hays State University and spent time at the Colorado Department of Education as director of the Colorado Reading First program.

Now, I know nothing about Scheffel or whether or not she would make a good board member. But let's see ... a trained educator versus a lawyer/accountant for a position with the duty to set educational policy ...

You are a lawyer and I think you would be a good school board member.
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