Education commissioner visits AISD

By Messenger Staff | Published Wednesday, October 23, 2013

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Michael L. Williams, Texas Commissioner of Education, paid a visit to Alvord Tuesday.

Superintendent Bill Branum said Williams, who was appointed to head the Texas Education Agency last September, is making the rounds of the state, getting a firsthand look at teachers and students in the classroom.

“We probably visited 25 classrooms on all three of our campuses,” Branum said. “In his position, he sees and hears mostly from large districts, and he just wanted to take a look at a small district and see how we do things.”

Williams, a native of Midland, served in the Department of Justice under President Ronald Reagan and served in the administration of George H.W. Bush – first as deputy assistant secretary for law enforcement at the Treasury Department, then as assistant secretary of education for civil rights at the Education Department.

In 1998, then-governor George W. Bush appointed Williams to the Texas Railroad Commission, and he won re-election in 2000, 2002 and 2008 before taking the post at the TEA.

Branum said Williams meant the visit to be low-key and not a public thing.

“He asked a lot of questions and sought our perspective on a lot of things,” Branum said. “I was very impressed.”

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