The Big Conversation:
A major resignation has become the latest chapter in the state's high-profile debates over public education.
As the Tribune's Morgan Smith reported Tuesday, Texas Education Commissioner Robert Scott will step down from his post in July, five years after Gov. Rick Perry appointed him to the position. "It's time," Scott said in a statement.
Scott's departure comes as the state's public education system grapples with a $5 billion funding cut approved by the Legislature in 2011. Since then, Texas schools have shed more than 25,000 employees, and the TEA has cut ...