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Wednesday, September 9 • 8:00am - 8:45am
Public Education in the Time of COVID

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The state's education commissioner, two superintendents and two teachers on when and how we reopen schools — and what happens when we do.

This session was available to ticket holders of the 2020 Texas Tribune Festival for the duration of the monthlong event.

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This session is presented by Raise Your Hand Texas and supported by Educate Texas, Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute - The Hackett Center and Lone Star College. Media support is provided by Chalkbeat.

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Aliyya Swaby

Public Education Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Swaby has covered public education for the Tribune since 2016. She was a Livingston Award finalist in 2019 for a series on school desegregation and won the Texas State Teachers Association School Bell award in 2018. Previously, Swaby worked for the hyperlocal nonprofit New Haven Independent... Read More →

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LaTonya M. Goffney

Superintendent of the Aldine Independent School District
Goffney has been superintendent of Aldine ISD since 2018 and has overseen many new initiatives in the district, including piloting prekindergarten, dual-language immersion and college-readiness programs. Previously, she served as superintendent of Coldspring-Oakhurst Consolidated... Read More →
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Mike Morath

Texas Education Commissioner
Morath was appointed education commissioner by Gov. Greg Abbott in 2016. In this role, he heads the Texas Education Agency, which oversees pre-kindergarten through high school education for more than five million Texas students. Previously, Morath served on the Dallas ISD board of... Read More →
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Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District
Hinojosa served as superintendent of Dallas ISD from 2005 to 2011 and returned in 2015. During his tenure, he has led initiatives in Dallas ISD schools that include early childhood, career and technical education programs. During his more than three-decade career in public education... Read More →
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Paige Stanford

Middle School Teacher in the Waco Independent School District
Stanford teaches grades six through eight at G.W. Carver Middle School in Waco, where more than 75% of students come from low‑income households, in the Waco Independent School District. She has been a teacher for eight years and has also taught in Presidio, San Saba and Lampasa... Read More →
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Ale Checka

Seventh Grade Teacher in the Fort Worth Independent School District
Checka teaches seventh grade at the Applied Learning Academy in the Fort Worth Independent School District. She was awarded the secondary district Teacher of the Year award in 2018.

Wednesday September 9, 2020 8:00am - 8:45am CDT