Texas Senate confirms Education Board chairwoman

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — The Texas Senate has confirmed Gov. Rick Perry's choice to stay on as head of the State Board of Education.

In a unanimous vote Wednesday, the job stayed with Barbara Cargill, a Republican and former biology teacher from The Woodlands.

Cargill, who has led the board since Perry initially nominated her in 2011, becomes the first to win confirmation for a full term since 2005.

In recent years, the board has stirred national criticism for pressing science textbook publishers to include religious concepts such as creationism.

Cargill has voted in favor of teaching what she called "weaknesses" in the theory of evolution.

But in a Senate committee hearing last week, she pledged to set aside her personal beliefs when determining the curriculum taught in classrooms.

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