A former Colleyville Heritage High School principal, who left his job amid backlash over critical race theory, is running for the State Board of Education.
James Whitfield filed as a Democrat earlier this month to challenge Republican Pat Hardy to represent North Texas, according to state records. The District 11 seat, which includes parts of Tarrant, Parker and Dallas counties, helps shape what 5 million Texas public school students learn.
Among the next major tasks the state board will undertake is a review of the social studies curriculum, which will put the fight over how race and racism should be addressed in classrooms further into the spotlight.
Whitfield did not immediately return a request for comment. He gained national attention earlier this year as he decried the efforts of those in the Grapevine-Colleyville ISD who tried to push him out as a school leader.
Over the summer, a former GCISD trustee candidate said Whitfield wanted to introduce critical race theory into the district, which the principal denied. The controversy stretched for months, sparking student walkouts in support of Whitfield, who is Black.
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SOURCE: The Dallas Morning News, Talia Richman