Tribpedia: Mike Morath

Appointed by Gov. Greg Abbott, Mike Morath has served as Texas education commissioner since January 2016, succeeding Michael Williams. He oversees the state's more than 1,200 school districts, including charters.  

Before taking the helm at the Texas Education Agency, Morath was a Dallas Independent School District trustee. A vocal school-choice proponent, Morath pushed unsuccessfully for a “home rule” ...

Vanessa Tijerina addresses a U.S. Department of Education panel about her 13-year-old special needs child on Dec. 13, 2016, in Edinburg, Texas. Federal education officials toured Texas to hear community members' experiences with special education, as part of an investigation into whether Texas is capping services for students with disabilities.
Vanessa Tijerina addresses a U.S. Department of Education panel about her 13-year-old special needs child on Dec. 13, 2016, in Edinburg, Texas. Federal education officials toured Texas to hear community members' experiences with special education, as part of an investigation into whether Texas is capping services for students with disabilities.

Federal officials plan second round of investigation on Texas special ed

Continuing its investigation into whether Texas capped special education services, federal officials will visit Texas districts and schools the week of Feb. 27.

Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in May, 2016 calling on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.
Protesters at a press conference held by Texas Lt. Gov. Dan Patrick in May, 2016 calling on Fort Worth Independent School District Superintendent Kent Scribner to resign over the district's bathroom guidelines for transgender students.

School finance, testing fiasco topped 2016 education news

School districts lost a court case that could have forced the state to reform its school finance system, and federal officials toured Texas to investigate claims that special education services were arbitrarily capped. 

Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales, 17, and student basketball player Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after a game in 2012 — the year before the long-struggling school district opted to suspend its sports program to ward off closure.
Premont High School cheerleader Stacy Morales, 17, and student basketball player Ernesto Gonzalez leave the gym after a game in 2012 — the year before the long-struggling school district opted to suspend its sports program to ward off closure.

How a South Texas School District Spurred a Massive Turnaround

After five years of landing on the state’s list of low-performing schools, a tiny South Texas district that drew national headlines for cutting its sports program to ward off closure is now meeting state academic standards.

 

State Education Commissioner Mike Morath testifies Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 before the Senate Education Committee at the Texas Capitol.
State Education Commissioner Mike Morath testifies Tuesday Aug 16, 2016 before the Senate Education Committee at the Texas Capitol.

Failing Texas Schools Facing Tougher State Intervention

Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Tuesday outlined plans to crack down harder on chronically low-performing schools, saying he wants to cut in half the number of them that end up on the state’s failing list over the next five years.

Texas higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes during symposium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas
Texas higher education commissioner Raymund Paredes during symposium at Baylor University in Waco, Texas

Education Officials Point Fingers over College Readiness

The strained relationship between the state’s higher and public education leaders were on full display Wednesday as Texas Higher Education Commissioner Raymund Paredes told the State Board of Education it isn't doing enough to prepare students for college.

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, right, discusses public education with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at the Austin Club in Austin on May 17, 2016.
Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath, right, discusses public education with Texas Tribune CEO Evan Smith at the Austin Club in Austin on May 17, 2016.

Texas Education Chief Morath Mum on Transgender Bathroom Issue

Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath on Tuesday praised the state Supreme Court's recent opinion upholding the state’s public school funding system and demurred on questions about bathroom use by transgender students.

The Senate Education Committee met jointly with the Senate Higher Education Committee on March 29, 2016 to discuss the ongoing implementation of HB 5 and teacher shortage and retention issues in Texas.
The Senate Education Committee met jointly with the Senate Higher Education Committee on March 29, 2016 to discuss the ongoing implementation of HB 5 and teacher shortage and retention issues in Texas.

Texas Behind in Preparing Kids for College, Panel Told

Texas lags most other states in preparing high schoolers for college and needs to update its readiness standards, Higher Education Coordinating Board Commissioner Raymund Paredes told state senators at a hearing on Tuesday. 

Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, attended a keynote luncheon titled "Education Freedom and the American Future" on Jan. 7, 2016 at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy forum.
Texas' new education commissioner, Mike Morath, attended a keynote luncheon titled "Education Freedom and the American Future" on Jan. 7, 2016 at the conservative Texas Public Policy Foundation's annual policy forum.

Texas' Future Depends on Success of "Brown and Black Kids"

In a wide-ranging interview with The Texas Tribune, new Education Commissioner Mike Morath said he wants to better support teachers, develop a fair school accountability system and help struggling schools.