Rep. Jeff Leach proposed it as a one-word change to internal Texas House rules. But what followed could foreshadow a larger school voucher fight coming soon.
Leach, a tea party Republican from Plano, tried to remove "public" from the name of the House Public Education Committee. The Senate's version is already called simply the Education Committee, Leach argued, and many Texas students attend private schools or are educated at home.
Democrats objected, and Leach eventually withdrew his proposal, which he conceded was largely symbolic.
Still, the small exchange could eventually loom large. As they did last session, Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick and top conservatives...