AUSTIN, Texas — The Texas House on Tuesday voted down important legislation to reform public schools after amendments watered down the bill. The president of the Texas Public Policy Foundation said it was important for lawmakers to keep working in the interest of children, parents and taxpayers.

"Texans deserve real tax relief and education reform driven by sound research and not special-interest politics," said Brooke Rollins. "Lawmakers need to return to the Capitol and work diligently to pass important reforms that would give greater fiscal transparency to school spending, send more money into the classroom, and ensure students are held to high academic standards. While at the same time it is critical that the legislature keep our economy strong by reducing taxes and keeping a tight lid on new spending."