Jul 1, 2011 by

Barbara is another wonderful and fair-minded conservative SBOE member who treats all people with dignity and respect — just the way past chairs Gail Lowe and Don McLeroy did.

Barbara’s particular passion is in the area of Math and Science. Her leadership will help to make sure that the new Math standards that are adopted in Texas during the next few months will be the best in the country, and she will also be an invaluable leader in making sure that the new Science standards (TEKS) are implemented with fidelity into our public schools.

After the savaging that the Senate Democrats did of Don McLeroy two years ago and the recent disheartening way that Gail Lowe was treated by Sen. Deuell and his Senate Nominating Committee who would not allow her name to go out to the Senate floor for a confirmation vote, I have been very discouraged about the future of the SBOE. However, the fact that Gov. Perry chose to appoint Barbara and that she has accepted this appointment should bring all of us Texans real hope for the future of our public schools.

I particularly want to thank Barbara’s husband and three sons for agreeing to allow their loved one to take on the chairmanship position. All SBOE members serve without any remuneration, but the chair has to spend extra amounts of time and effort to lead the Board.

Please offer Barbara congratulations ( and commit to come alongside her in the days ahead. We must stand by our SBOE members who strive to lead the Board in the right direction. They indeed understand servant leadership, and we must not allow the liberal news media to beat up on them while we sit idly by.

All SBOE members will be up for re-election in 2012 because of redistricting; and if we want to see our public schools keep moving down the road to authentic education reform, we must support conservative candidates with our encouragement, time, and money.

Donna Garner


Gov. Perry Names Cargill Chair of State Board of Education

Friday, July 01, 2011Austin, TexasAppointment

Gov. Rick Perry has named Barbara Cargill of The Woodlands chair of the State Board of Education for a term to expire Feb. 1, 2013. The board and education commissioner oversee the state’s public school system.

Cargill is founder and director of Wonders of the Woodlands (WOW!) Science Camp. She is an elected member of the State Board of Education, with more than six years of service, and is currently chair of the board’s Committee on Instruction. She is a past member of the Commission for College Ready Texas, Junior League of North Harris County and The Woodlands Children’s Museum Steering Committee. She is a past recipient of the Thanks to Teachers National Excellence Award, National Audubon Society Award, and A.J. Sales Educational Award. She is also a volunteer for Interfaith of The Woodlands, Tamina Community Center and The Woodlands United Methodist Church.

Cargill received a bachelor’s degree from Baylor University and a master’s degree in science education from Texas Woman’s University.





From: Jonathan Saenz, Liberty Institute []
Sent: Friday, July 01, 2011 3:37 PM


For Immediate Release

Contact: Jennifer Grisham, Office: 972.941.4453, Cell: 214.558.9455,

Gov. Perry Selects Cargill for Education Board Chair,

Liberty Institute Applauds Decision

AUSTIN, Texas, July 1, 2011 – Today, Gov. Rick Perry announced his appointment of Barbara Cargill as the new State Board of Education (SBOE) chair. Ms. Cargill has served on the 15 member elected SBOE since her election by the people in November 2004, running as a Republican, and was reelected to her seat representing District 8 in 2008. Ms. Cargill holds a Masters of Science in Science Education from Texas Women’s University and an undergraduate degree from Baylor University, and has worked in the field of science education for over 25 years having taught in two different school districts in the state of Texas.

Ms. Cargill was awarded the Thanks to Teachers National Excellence Award, the National Audubon Society Award, and the A.J. Sales Educational Award. She was a nominee for both the prestigious Presidential Award for Excellence in Science and Mathematics Teaching and the Science Teacher’s Association of Texas Outstanding Teacher award.

As chair, Ms. Cargill will lead the SBOE, currently comprised of 11 Republicans and four Democrats.

“We thank Gov. Perry for selecting a proven conservative and national award winning teacher in Barbara Cargill as the new chair of the State Board of Education,” said Kelly Shackelford, president/CEO for Liberty Institute. “During SBOE meetings, Ms. Cargill always treats her colleagues with grace and respect, while being fair and confident in her efforts to do what’s right for Texas schoolchildren. She will make a fine chair for the State Board of Education for many years to come.”

“Ms. Cargill has stood strong against censorship of science teaching and attacks on the teaching of Independence Day, military leaders, and Christmas, while supporting history standards that ensure teaching about the U.S Constitution, our Founding Fathers, the religious heritage of our country and American Exceptionalism,” said Jonathan Saenz, director of legislative affairs at Liberty Institute. “We also express our appreciation to outgoing SBOE Chair, Gail Lowe, who served the SBOE well. It is a shame that 12 Democrat Texas Senators blocked Ms. Lowe’s confirmation this session, while the other 19 of the 31 Texas Senators supported Ms. Lowe. “

Liberty Institute frequently attends and testifies at SBOE meetings, and has led numerous efforts to inform Texans about important curriculum and textbook related matters decided by the SBOE for many years.

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Note: Texas Education Agency website used for biographical information.

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