Former SBOE Chair McLeroy Still Fights Culture War

Don McLeroy recounts the saga of rejecting a math textbook like an old war story.

“The room was abuzz — I’ve never seen the room quite like that,” he says. He tells the story in an excited whisper, eyes wide and with a smile. It was 2007, and McLeroy, the chair of the State Board of Education, led a group of six other socially conservative Republicans and one conservative Democrat in rejecting a third-grade math book because, among other things, it did not teach all the multiplication tables to rote.

His telling injects a David and Goliath tone to what ...

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