The Texas Board of Education faced backlash after voting Friday to include Moses in the list of significant leaders students are required to study, while cutting figures like Hillary Clinton, Helen Keller, and Barry Goldwater. Donna Bahorich, chair of the Texas State Board of Education, says the decision wasn’t about religious or political bias. Instead, it was about streamlining the education process to make meeting Texas’ high educational standards more reasonable.

Consequently, some important people must be omitted if Texas wants its students to prioritize key leaders instead of just memorizing a long list of figures, Bahorich explained in an op-ed for The Washington Post. “It is difficult to see partisanship, as critics alleged, in the recommended removal of Hillary Clinton if another target was the conservative icon and 1964 Republican presidential candidate Barry Goldwater, notable as the first candidate of ethnically Jewish heritage to be nominated by a major American party. READ MORE