Julián Castro, the former mayor of San Antonio and a major fixture in Texas Democratic politics, said this week he has "every interest" in running for president in 2020.
In short, this past week served reminder of why the presidency remains a singularly important office, and why temperament, character, and convictions matter as much in a president as do particular issue stances and personnel selections. To our nation’s detriment, on these grounds President Trump failed in both of his tests. He did not act like a president at moments when we needed a president the most, writes LBJ professor and Clements Center Director Will Inboden.
Amid growing public frustration over congressional gridlock, a LBJ School new report is recommending a number of reforms with the goal of improving congressional procedures and encouraging compromise.
“‘Reclamation of the U.S. Congress’ goes beyond merely restating contemporary dissatisfactions with Washington to provide a detailed analysis of potential congressional reform proposals — both in terms of historical context and in recognition of contemporary political influences,” said Clinical Professor Angela Evans, who led the project for the LBJ School and, before that, spent 30 years at the Congressional Research Service where she served as deputy director.
This issue of how to best prepare students is at the forefront of national and state debates. Global competitors continue to surpass the United States in areas of education and labor force measures. Growing high school drop out rates, among other striking statistics, bring the debate about how to objectively measure student achievement to the forefront. LBJ School faculty continue to inform the debate with rigorous and innovative education policy research.