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Wendy Davis Opponent Cites Charles Murray In Education Plan

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"Family background has the most decisive effect on student achievement, contributing to a large performance gap between children from economically disadvantaged families and those from middle-class homes," the sentence read. It's accompanied by the footnote "Murray, Charles. Read [sic] Education. New York: Crown Forum, 2008."

Murray's book, Real Education, argues that "Family background has the most decisive effect on student achievement, contributing to a large performance gap between children from economically disadvantaged families and those from middle class homes.

Murray is the notorious American Enterprise Institute scholar whose book, The Bell Curve, has often been criticized as racist for arguing that African-Americans are less intelligent than white Americans because of genetics. Murray's most recent book is Coming Apart: The State of White America: 1960-2010.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) recently fell under criticism for citing Murray's work in a speech on the culture of inequality in cities.

(H/t: The Huffington Post)