Breaking news from the governor’s office: Trustee Mike Morath, who represents schools in the Woodrow Wilson and Hillcrest high school feeder patterns, has been named the commissioner of the Texas Education Agency. He will oversee the Texas Education Agency (TEA) and the state’s 1,200 school districts and charter schools, according to Governor Greg Abbott’s office.

“The State of Texas is exceptional, and our education system must be too,” Abbott says in a press release. “A proven education reformer, Mike Morath will not accept the status quo in our schools. He is committed to innovative solutions that will empower Texas principals, teachers, and students to strive for the highest in education excellence. Mike Morath has led climbs up Mount Rainier and climbed the 20,305 foot Island Peak near Mount Everest. Now he will help Texas education reach new heights.”

Morath has served on the Dallas ISD board since being elected in 2011. We’ve called him to learn more about this appointment and what it means for his role in the district and with neighborhood schools.

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