Education reformers were again thwarted by the Texas House leadership.

The only substantive “reform” to make it through was a bill designating schools and districts with a letter-grade rating. That replaces the current system of rating districts as “acceptable,” exemplary,” and so forth.

Helpful change, but not exactly history-making.

Everything else – parent triggers, opportunity school districts, teacher evaluation reforms, and so on – all died.

And don’t even mention the fate of school choice

The culprit, sadly, was State Rep. Jimmie Don Aycock (R-Killeen), Straus’ point-man on public education. No matter what they might claim at home, those House members who supported the Straus coalition of Democrats and moderate Republicans are responsible for the death of education reform…

Michael Quinn Sullivan

Michael Quinn Sullivan is the publisher of Texas Scorecard. He is a native Texan, a graduate of Texas A&M, and an Eagle Scout. Previously, he has worked as a newspaper reporter, magazine contributor, Capitol Hill staffer, and think tank vice president. Michael and his wife have three adult children, a son-in-law, and a dog. Michael is the author of three books, including "Reflections on Life and Liberty."