Correction: Board of Education-District 2 story

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Associated Press

Posted on November 7, 2012 at 12:06 PM

Updated Wednesday, Nov 7 at 2:07 PM

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — In a story Nov. 7 about the Texas State Board of Education race for District 2, The Associated Press reported erroneously that Republican Laurie Turner defeated Democrat Ruben Cortez Jr. Cortez defeated Turner.

A corrected version of the story is below:

Democrat Cortez wins spot on education board

Democrat Cortez wins spot on State Board of Education representing part of South Texas

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) — Democrat Ruben Cortez Jr. has won a spot of the State Board of Education representing part of South Texas.

The Brownsville businessman defeated Republican Laurie Turner, a middle school teacher, for the District 2 seat formerly held by Democrat Mary Helen Berlanga, who did not run again after 30 years on the board.

All 15 board spots were up for re-election following redistricting. The board's responsibilities include establishing the state's public school curriculum, approving textbooks and managing the state's permanent school fund.

Cortez, a partner in a management firm, says on his website that he advocates keeping politics out of the classroom and says "decreeing that a conservative agenda be taught to our children" is not the role of the board.

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