Representative Dan Branch, Republican of Dallas, does not want to hear about the state’s education goals not being met, the Texas Tribune reports.

“It makes me very sad and frustrated,” Mr. Branch said at a recent hearing of the House Higher Education Committee, which he heads. “I get heartburn, and I tend to get cranky.”

At that hearing, Raymund A. Paredes, the state’s higher education commissioner, outlined Texas’ latest enrollment numbers. According to preliminary data gathered by the Texas Higher Education Coordinating Board, the total number of students attending college this fall increased by just 12,000, to about 1.563...

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