Trustees voted 6-1 at the Nov. 12 Keller school board meeting to approve a resolution asking Gov. Greg Abbott to appoint someone with “extensive experience in educational leadership” as the next Texas Education Commissioner.
Current Commissioner Michael Williams recently announced he would be resigning as of Jan. 1. Williams had no experience as a school administrator or educator, nor did his predecessor Robert Scott. In recent weeks, the Grapevine-Colleyville, Lewisville and Frisco school boards adopted a similar resolution.
Superintendent Randy Reid said that Williams’ lack of educational knowledge had been a very challenging aspect of working with Texas Education Commission over the last few years.
The Keller Independent School District implores Governor Abbott to appoint a Texas Commissioner of Education who possesses a minimum of a master's degree in education as well as extensive experience in education leadership.
From the KISD resolution trustees approved Nov. 12
The KISD resolution stated, “The 5.2 million children currently in Texas public schools need a commissioner who is qualified upon appointment to avoid months or years of training on the complexities of Texas public schools” and asked Abbott to choose someone with a master’s degree in education and educational leadership experience.
The resolution also noted that several other state commissioners were required to have related experience, including those in agriculture and insurance. The only requirement for the education commissioner is U.S. citizenship.
“I think the person in a leadership role should have relevant experience,” said Trustee Karina Davis.
Board Member Brad Schofield was the lone dissenting vote.
“I think the commissioner did a fairly decent job,” Schofield said. “I don’t support this.”