Former Delaware Department of Education Chief of Accountability and Assessment Penny Schwinn finally landed a new job in Texas of all places. Her new title is the Deputy Commissioner for Academics in the Texas Education Agency. Aside from overseeing assessments and accountability, her new job will see her also cover standards and programs.
As part of a complete overhaul of the Texas Education Agency, Education Commissioner Mike Morath replaced many of the top posts at the Texas equivalent of the Delaware Department of Education. Morath’s role is equivalent to the Delaware Secretary of Education.
The Texas Tribune pointed out that out of the three positions Morath hired, three out of the five came from charter school backgrounds and only two were from Texas. This appeared to be an issue with the Texas State Teachers Association and several traditional school districts. It appears Delaware isn’t the only state that has our State Education Agency filled with charter/corporate education reformists. I will be the first to start a poll on how long Schwinn will stay in Texas.