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New Education Commissioner: Getting to Know Mike Morath

Posted on · 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 […]

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What’s the Legacy of Outgoing TEA Commissioner Michael Williams?

Posted on · Texas Education Agency Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he’s stepping down at the end of the year. We discuss his legacy and the challenges ahead for his successor. We talk with Kiah Collier, who reports on public education for the Texas Tribune.

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TEA Commissioner Discusses the State of Public Education in Texas

Posted on · For the last two years, Michael Williams has served as the Commissioner of Education, heading up the Texas Education Agency. The TEA oversees public education for more than five million pre-K through high school students in Texas public and charter schools. The TEA also supports the State Board of Education in the development of statewide curriculum, and the process of […]