Morath Leaving DISD for State Education Post

Mike Morath
Mike Morath

If you’ve talked with Mike Morath, you know how smart and passionate he is with regard to educating kids. So it seems that Gov. Greg Abbott made an excellent choice this week when he named Morath as the new commissioner for the Texas Education Agency.

However, the state’s gain will be a loss for Dallas ISD, where Morath has served as the District 2 trustee, covering much of Preston Hollow, since 2011. His replacement will be elected in May.

In his new role, Morath, 38, will oversee the TEA and the state’s 1,200 school districts, plus charter schools. You can read more about the appointment here.

“I’m honored by Governor Abbott’s appointment, and for the opportunity to serve our kids with a focus on improving student outcomes,” Morath said in a statement. “As a DISD trustee, I watched with amazement the tremendous skill and love our teachers and staff pour into our students every day. I realize that no school system’s students can outperform their teachers, and supporting our teachers to improve teaching quality is essential in our public education system. I look forward to advancing that quality, as well as student outcomes, to ensure Texas becomes the No. 1 school system in the nation.”

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