Texas Education Agency Faces Competing Demands

On April 1, 2011, two Texas House members staged a mini-revolt against the state agency charged with overseeing the state’s public schools.

During the lower chamber’s debate on its version of the budget, Rep. Burt Solomons, R-Carrollton, the powerful chairman of the House Redistricting Committee, proposed an amendment that would remove all discretionary funding from the Texas Education Agency, which he said had become a “beast of bureaucracy.” He said he wanted to send a message to the agency that “unless you're absolutely required to be there, we don't need you … interfering.”

Rep. Harold Dutton ...

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