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Winner of TX School Board Race Speaks Out After Defeating Critical Race Theory Push

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It’s rare that a local school board election draws national attention. However, this weekend’s races for control of two seats on the board of Carroll Independent School District in Southlake, Texas, became a microcosm of the debate over critical race theory in American education.

As the Washington Examiner reported, the election Saturday ended with a thorough rejection of a diversity training program put in place after a 2018 racial controversy, with two “anti-woke” candidates taking home almost 70 percent of the vote.

While NBC News described the Dallas suburb as “historically conservative,” the network noted that proponents of the program “were dismayed by the margin of their defeat.”

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The victors, of course, weren’t dismayed at all.

“The voters have come together in record-breaking numbers to restore unity,” said winning candidate Hannah Smith, according to NBC. “By a landslide vote, they don’t want racially divisive critical race theory taught to their children or forced on their teachers. Voters agreed with my positive vision of our community and its future.”

Smith, a Southlake lawyer who has clerked for both Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito and Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, told “Fox & Friends” on Tuesday that the curriculum “was a radical response” to a single video that surfaced in 2018 of students chanting the N-word.

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“Our school district convened a district diversity council, which was comprised of about 60 parents and community members. And they met together to talk about ideas about how our school district could respond to this issue,” Smith said during an interview with co-host Steve Doocy.

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