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The Source: Filibuster! | Implementing Texas Education Reform

Screen shot from "Mr. Smith goes to Washington."

Segment 1:

When we think about the filibuster we think about Jimmy Stewart collapsing on the floor of the Senate in the movie "Mr. Smith goes to Washington," or Rand Paul and his drone filibuster, and now maybe you think of Texas State Sen. Wendy Davis’s filibuster at the end of June.  

For the Democrats in the U.S. Senate, the party that controls that chamber in Congress, they think of a headache.  

With 360 Senate cloture votes -- when 60 senators vote to stop debate and go to a vote -- in the past 6 years, the upper legislative body has hit a record according to the Brookings Institution.  

Both sides of the aisle have called for reform when their's was the party in power, often flipping opinions once they were in the minority.

Ben Eidelson, editor and chief of the Yale Law Journal, joins us to talk about his analysis of filibusters in the past 20 years and what happens when the filibuster actually represents the majority of people in the U.S.

David Boaz from the Cato Institute also joins us to talk about the debate around the reform of the rules.

Segment 2:


House Bill 5 rolled back the number of tests each student had to take creating yet another set of rules in just four years.

We talk about how the implementation of new education standards is going with House Rep. Mike Villareal, who co-authored the bill. Aubrey Chancellor from Northeast ISD joined us along with Carol Harle from Harlandale ISD to talk about what they expected from the reforms.  

Paul Flahive can be reached at Paul@tpr.org and on Twitter at @paulflahive