On Monday, Gov. Greg Abbott (R-TX) appointed Mike Morath as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). Morath has served as a trustee of the Dallas Independent School District (DISD) since 2011.
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“I applaud the appointment of an education reformer as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. Mr. Morath has a track record of focusing education on the children and implementing changes needed by a system that is failing them. This student focus has increased parental choice and improved graduation rates, test scores, and the lives of many children in DISD. There is much education reform work for Mr. Morath at the state level. I hope he will continue to focus on the students, expanding full education choice across the state of Texas as the new commissioner of TEA.”
“The official press release touts Governor Abbott’s new education commissioner, Mike Morath, as a ‘change-agent.’ As the procession of failed fads in education should have taught us all by now, not all change is positive. Will Morath seek changes that empower families, or changes that entrench the latest enthusiasms of the establishment? His track record to date is mixed, but hopes for him will be high as he takes on this new challenge.”
“Mike Morath has accomplished quite a bit in his time on the Dallas Independent School District Board of Trustees. I hope he will continue this quality stewardship as commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. If he does so, Lone Star State schoolchildren will be in very capable hands and the direct beneficiaries of this appointment. Kudos to Governor Abbott for this fine selection.”
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