How did Texas’ top education official choose his child’s school?

Episode 10: Mike Morath was a Dallas ISD board member for four and a half years before Gov. Greg Abbott appointed him to be Texas Education Agency commissioner. His children weren’t yet school age when he lived in Dallas, but when he moved to Austin, Morath was faced with the same decision that every parent faces: Where would he send his daughter to school? We sat down with Morath to find out how the person in charge of overseeing 1,200 schools in Texas chose the one his child would attend. Spoiler alert: It doesn’t have an “A” rating. (Have questions? Reach out to Keri Mitchell at

Podcast credits: Keri Mitchell, produced by Advocate Magazines, music by HookSounds

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