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 our neighborhood, 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?
This week’s episode in our podcast, The Uninformed Parent, is a conversation with Morath that explores how the person in charge of overseeing 1,200 schools in Texas chose the one his child would attend.
If Morath had stayed in Dallas, “his dilemma was where he eventually would send his 3-year-old daughter” among all the great choices, noted a piece we wrote soon before his departure. He lived in Lakewood, but that elementary school wasn’t on Morath’s short list.
Side note: Morath is a big fan of Richardson ISD’s four new ACE schools, including Forest Lane Academy and Thurgood Marshall Elementary in Lake Highlands. He attended the launch event at Carolyn Bukhair Elementary this past March.
Until this episode, The Uninformed Parent has focused on Oak Cliff families and schools, but we’re considering expanding the podcast to other neighborhoods in the future. Subscribe, give it a listen, and let us know what you think — would you listen to episodes about Lake Highlands? What questions do you have about neighborhood schools? Email editor Keri Mitchell or tell us in a comment below.