Candidates running on opposition to woke ideology like Critical Race Theory, gender fluidity, and social emotional learning dominated school board elections in suburban Dallas-Fort Worth races, fueled in part by help from a Christian cellphone carrier.
The usually quiet, non-partisan races were animated this year by anger at progressive curricula and COVID-19 masking policies, as well as $500,000 in donations to a pro-parent PAC by Patriot Mobile, a Grapevine, Texas,-based cellphone company that caters to Christian conservatives. Candidates backed by Patriot swept school board races in Tarrant County, a populous urban region that includes Fort Worth.
“Conservatives won school board elections across Texas,” Gov. Greg Abbott tweeted. “Parents are more involved and active in school elections and school policies than ever before. No one cares more about children than