From the San Antonio Express-News, about the Texas Education Commissioner and conservative Republican: "Looming is the 2013 legislative session, when lawmakers will grapple with the fallout from $5.4 billion in public education cutbacks, keep an eye on a mammoth school finance lawsuit, and consider a fresh push for school choice initiatives including vouchers and a boost for charter schools. That's where his next test will come, in more than one subject."
More: "Some are carefully watching Williams, who long has supported school choice, on the contentious issue of allowing publicly-funded vouchers for private-school tuition. 'What would impress me is if he would stand back from his position on vouchers,' said Rep. Jessica Farrar of Houston, leader in the House Democratic Caucus who panned his appointment by Perry. 'But I don't see that happening.' Williams, stopping to talk after an appearance at a charter-school convention last week, said, 'I will not be walking the halls of the Capitol, going into the members' offices, advocating for parental choice, vouchers. The 181's going to make that decision,' he said, referring to the members of the Legislature. 'And if I'm not an honest broker of the evidence, or if I'm perceived to be an advocate, then it runs the risk of members not trusting the data they get from us.'"