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TEA News Releases Online Dec. 3, 2013

Commissioner Williams names Johnson to lead TEA Office of Complaints, Investigations and School Accountability

AUSTIN - Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced today he has selected Margie Johnson - an attorney with more than 15 years of  prosecutorial experience - to lead the new Texas Education Agency Office of Complaints, Investigations and School Accountability.

Established earlier this year by Commissioner Williams, the Office of Complaints, Investigations and School Accountability will be responsible for accepting, screening, and investigating complaints and allegations regarding school accountability, educator misconduct, and misuse of state and federal funds submitted to TEA.

"Margie Johnson possesses the strong prosecutorial background I believe necessary to effectively carry out the responsibilities of this critical position," said Commissioner Williams. "I have full confidence she will carefully examine allegations reported to this agency and determine those specific cases our investigative resources should target."

Johnson most recently served as first chair in the criminal prosecution of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) at the Texas Attorney General's Office. In her role with the ICAC Task Force, she reviewed law enforcement investigations and recommended charges, in addition to advising law enforcement and other agency prosecutors on the investigations and prosecution of ICAC cases.

Johnson's prior legal and prosecutorial experience includes work as an assistant district attorney with the Travis County District Attorney's Office; assistant state attorney with the Cook County State Attorney's Office in Illinois; and assistant judge advocate general with the Office of Judge Advocate General (JAG) in the U.S. Naval Reserve.

Johnson will be responsible for coordinating existing TEA resources to assure all complaints are reviewed and formal investigations initiated, when warranted.

"Commissioner Williams has clearly outlined to me his high expectations for this new office," said Johnson. "I look forward to working with the many dedicated TEA investigators, attorneys and staff to assure the best for school children across Texas."

Johnson earned her law degree from the Sandra Day O'Connor College of Law at Arizona State University, and holds an undergraduate degree from the University of Arizona.