Who Will Lead the Texas Senate Education Committee?

In September, when Sen. Florence Shapiro announced she wouldn't seek re-election, it created what one longtime education consultant called a "major disturbance in the force."

Shapiro’s departure means the end of a nearly two-decade-long tenure in the state Senate marked by deep involvement in education policy — and an opening in the top position on the Senate Education Committee for the first time since 2003.

Whoever claims the Plano Republican's chair on the committee will have a leading role in shaping policy in a 2013 session in which school districts will be feeling the effects of the $5 billion-plus budget ...

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