Diversity plan opponents win control of school board in Southlake, Texas

The election made Southlake one of the first places in the country where candidates running on an anti-critical race theory platform have taken a school board majority.

In Southlake, Texas, where parents have been feuding for more than a year over a school district’s proposal to address racism, candidates supported by a conservative political action committee won majority control of the school board Tuesday, clearing the way for the board to officially kill the polarizing diversity plan.

A special election to replace a board member of the Carroll Independent School District who resigned this summer definitively shifted the balance of power to opponents of the proposed Cultural Competence Action Plan. Voters in the affluent suburb northwest of Dallas delivered a landslide victory Tuesday to Andrew Yeager, who campaigned against the district’s plan for new diversity training programs and changes to the curriculum.

Yeager, a regional ad sales executive for NBCUniversal-owned TV stations, won 65.4 percent of the more than 9,400 ballots cast. His opponent, Stephanie Williams, a former teacher who supported the diversity plan, received 34.6 percent.

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