While it often receives less attention than higher profile races, the Texas State Board of Education exercises tremendous influence over how students across the Lone Star state are taught. This is especially so following years of pandemic-related school disruptions.
In the Republican primary for District 10, which covers a wide swath of central Texas from Kerrville to just outside Tyler, conservative Round Rock ISD board member Mary Bone is challenging four-term incumbent Tom Maynard. Maynard has a longstanding reputation as a moderate.
During a recent candidate forum in Burnet County, Maynard made multiple claims that are not grounded in fact. Bone posted two videos to YouTube addressing them.
In the first video, Maynard claims Governor Abbott never sent the SBOE a letter instructing them to remove pornographic books from Texas school libraries. Bone countered with the text of the letter.
Notably, Texas Scorecard reported on Abbott’s letter at the time.
In the second video, Maynard claims he never voted to approve a health education textbook with the phrase “pregnant person” to describe pregnant women. The video then cuts to the original SBOE vote, where Maynard is seen raising his hand to vote “aye.”
District 10 includes 27 counties: Anderson, Austin, Bell, Brazos, Burleson, Burnet, Colorado, Comal, Falls, Fayette, Freestone, Gillespie, Henderson, Kendall, Kerr, Lampasas, Lee, Leon, Limestone, Llano, Madison, Mason, Milam, Robertson, San Saba, Washington, and Williamson.
Primary Election Day is March 5.
Maynard did not respond to Texas Scorecard’s request for comment before publication.