Commissioner Blog

  • Texas Education Commissioner Mike Morath will provide important information for teachers, administrators, parents, and students involved in Texas public education.


  • Grow Your Own grant will help increase the quality and diversity of our teaching force

    Since becoming Commissioner, I have worked with staff at the Texas Education Agency to establish four strategic priorities to guide and focus our work on behalf of the more than five million school children in our State. One of those priorities is doing all we can to recruit, support and retain teachers and principals.

    Recognizing the Month of the Military Child

    In recognizing the courage of military families, Governor Greg Abbott proclaimed April as the Month of the Military Child. The Texas Education Agency (TEA) is proud to join Gov. Abbott and the Military Child Education Coalition (MCEC) in spotlighting April as the Month of the Military Child.

    Our schools must always be a safe place for learning

    Following the recent tragedy in Parkland, Florida, there has been a renewed commitment to safety precautions for students, teachers, administrators and staff on all our campuses. Governor Greg Abbott has ordered immediate action on a number of fronts to be taken by state education leaders – including myself and staff at the Texas Education Agency – to help respond to and prevent such tragedies occurring in our state.

    FFA Continues to Play an Integral Role in Texas Public Education

    The organization (once known as the “Future Farmers of America” and now simply FFA) continues to play an integral role in Texas public education. The projects and work tackled by FFA students help prepare them for life after high school, and not just in agricultural settings. FFA students represent the leaders of tomorrow for their communities and our state.

    Revised ESSA Plan Submitted Pending Final Accountability Decisions

    On Jan. 8, 2018, the Texas Education Agency submitted to the U.S. Department of Education (USDE) a revised version of our state’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) consolidated plan. A revised version was necessary following initial feedback we received from USDE just before the holidays. That feedback requested specific clarifications to our plan to ensure the state is complying with the new federal statute.

    We Appreciate the Hard Work of Our Texas School Trustees

    As we begin a new year, we recognize the month of January as School Board Recognition Month as declared by Governor Greg Abbott. As a former board member, I know the vital role board members face in giving our kids the best education possible.

    Let's Celebrate Our Recipients of the Oscars of Teaching

    I recently had the pleasure of taking part in a national ceremony that celebrates the great work of some of our Texas educators.The Milken Educator Award is often referred to as the “Oscars of Teaching” – and for good reason.

    Teachers: The Most Important Part of Texas Public Education

    Every school day across our state, young Texans head to a local public school with just one request: Teach me. The request appears basic. The work to carry it out is not.

    TEA Provides Support as Texas Schools Recover from Hurricane Harvey

    Over the past week, I have been in ongoing contact with superintendents whose school systems have been hit by one of the most devastating hurricanes to hit our state. Hurricane Harvey brought with it extremely damaging winds, heavy rains and extreme flooding. More than one million students attend the Texas public schools in these counties.

    Now Accepting Comments on ESSA State Plan

    From now through Tuesday, Aug. 29, 2017, the Texas Education Agency will be accepting public comments regarding the Every Student Succeeds Act consolidated state plan for Texas. A draft of Texas’ state consolidated plan is posted