Parents in the Texas suburbs took the first step in reclaiming their schools in last week’s school board elections. Conservative candidates triumphed over progressive incumbents in “Frisco, Clear Creek, Grapevine, Southlake, Keller, Carroll, Spring Branch, Richardson, and even in Dripping Springs” (Austin). All of these districts are affluent suburbs with typically stellar public schools.
Many of the conservative candidates ran on opposition to critical race theory (CRT) and mask mandates, and this messaging resonated with frustrated voters. This might baffle observers who don’t actually see teachers in these districts incorporating CRT, except maybe in the elite private prep schools. Nor have there been mask mandates for a long time now. Nevertheless, these two issues played a role in schools, albeit under the surface, and it’s