Texas education leaders are welcoming the new education law signed by President Obama earlier this month. The Every Student Succeeds Act frees Texas from some federal restrictions established under No Child Left Behind.
Citing a years-long long-distance relationship with his wife in Arlington, Texas Education Commissioner Michael Williams informed Gov. Greg Abbott on Thursday morning that he will step down from his position effective Jan. 1.
The effort to remake Dallas schools through the home-rule process has passed a crucial test. The group backing the change says it has 48,000 signatures, nearly twice as many needed to take the next step.