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New Education Commissioner: Getting to Know Mike Morath

Last month (Dec. 14, 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Mike Morath as the state’s next education commissioner. Morath, who’d served as a trustee for the Dallas Independent School District for the last five years, succeeds Michael Williams, who stepped down last week (Jan. 1, 2016). As head of the Texas Education Agency, Morath will oversee […]

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Last month (Dec. 14, 2015), Gov. Greg Abbott appointed Mike Morath as the state’s next education commissioner. Morath, who’d served as a trustee for the Dallas Independent School District for the last five years, succeeds Michael Williams, who stepped down last week (Jan. 1, 2016).

As head of the Texas Education Agency, Morath will oversee more than 1,200 school districts in the Lone Star State. A proponent of school choice, Gov. Abbott called Morath a “proven education reformer.”

Texas Tribune reporter Kiah Collier tells us about Morath and his new role.

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Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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