Commissioner Williams names Lang senior policy advisor on charter school turnaround

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Dec. 4, 2012


Commissioner Williams names Lang
senior advisor on charter school turnaround 


AUSTIN – Commissioner of Education Michael L. Williams today announced the appointment of Dr. Gaye Lang as a Senior Advisor specifically focused on Charter School Turnaround.

Lang, who has served as Director of Campus Turnaround at the Texas Education Agency for the past three years, will work to identify and assist struggling charter schools in Texas so as to prevent potential disruptions in education to students and parents.

“In many communities, parents see charter schools as a way to meet their children’s specific educational needs,” Williams said. “Dr. Lang’s experience in working with struggling school districts will be invaluable as the agency strengthens its commitment to Texas charter schools.”

Lang began her career as a fourth grade teacher in the gifted and talented program. She has more than 40 years of experience, which includes working as an assistant principal and principal in Houston, a field service agent for Region IV, and project manager for Houston ISD’s Virtual School Project. Lang also served as the Deputy Secretary’s Regional Representative for the U.S. Department of Education and was later appointed by the U.S. Secretary of Education to serve as the Secretary’s Acting Regional Representative.

“I thank Commissioner Williams for his confidence and look forward to working with charter schools across our state,” Lang said. “By providing this type of support, we can assure students and their parents the education they seek and deserve.”

Lang holds a degree from Dillard University in New Orleans, and completed her M.A. in Teaching and Administration from Pepperdine University in Los Angeles. She received a science certification from Texas A&M University, and completed her doctoral studies in Educational Research and Cultural Studies at the University of Houston.

Williams made his announcement during remarks at the 2012 Texas Charter Schools Conference in Austin. The annual charter school conference is the only statewide gathering of the Texas charter schools. As of Nov. 16, Texas has 209 charter schools operating in the state.