2013 wasn't supposed to be a very political year, but in this very political state, it became one. Rick Perry got out, others piled in, two new stars grabbed the microphone and jumped into the political spotlight, the Republicans started a contentious bunch of primary races and the Democrats began showing signs of political life.
In 2013, for the third straight year, the Texas higher education story that bogarted the limelight was the ongoing tension swirling around the University of Texas System. But there are reasons to believe that won't be the case in 2014.
A sampling of our coverage in 2013, from our Bidness as Usual series to filibusters and fauxlibusters, water fights to death row, health care to politics, and a month full of ways the Texas Legislature changed our civic life.
A new direction for standardized testing, expansion for charter schools, No Child Left Behind jettisoned and the aftermath of a cheating scandal: 2013 was a significant year for Texas public education policy.