A strong, reform-minded conservative has been tapped by Gov. Rick Perry to lead the Texas Education Agency. This is good news for teachers, taxpayers, parents and, especially, students.

Michael Williams served more than a decade at the Texas Railroad Commission, where he developed a reputation for practically implementing conservative policy reforms. He previously served as Assistant Secretary of Education in the early 1990s under President George H.W. Bush.

By tapping Mr. Williams for the post, Gov. Rick Perry is sending a strong, clear message that he expects serious, practical reforms in our schools.

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."