TEA names new complaints division head

TEA names new complaints division head

Texas Commissioner of Education Michael Williams announced Tuesday, Dec. 3, that he has selected Margie Johnson – an attorney with more than 15 years of prosecutorial experience – to lead the new Texas Education Agency Office of Complaints, Investigations and School Accountability.

Established earlier this year by Commissioner Williams, the Office of Complaints, Investigations and School Accountability will be responsible for accepting, screening, and investigating complaints and allegations regarding school accountability, educator misconduct, and misuse of state and federal funds submitted to TEA, according to information from the agency.

“Margie Johnson possesses the strong prosecutorial background I believe necessary to effectively carry out the responsibilities of this critical position,” said Commissioner Williams. “I have full confidence she will carefully examine allegations reported to this agency and determine those specific cases our investigative resources should target.”

Johnson most recently served as first chair in the criminal prosecution of Internet Crimes Against Children (ICAC) at the Texas Attorney General’s Office. In her role with the ICAC Task Force, she reviewed law enforcement investigations and recommended charges, in addition to advising law enforcement and other agency prosecutors on the investigations and prosecution of ICAC cases.

Johnson will coordinate TEA resources to assure all complaints are reviewed and formal investigations initiated, when warranted.

“Commissioner Williams has clearly outlined to me his high expectations for this new office,” said Johnson. “I look forward to working with the many dedicated TEA investigators, attorneys and staff to assure the best for (Texas kids).”