Robert Scott (Texas)
|Texas Commissioner of Education|
|October 16, 2007 - 2012|
|Elections and appointments|
|Appointed||October 16, 2007|
|Appointed by||Governor of Texas|
|J.D.||University of Texas School of Law|
The Education Agency's mission is "to provide leadership, guidance and resources to help schools meet the educational needs of all students."
- University of Texas School of Law, J.D.
State Education Commissioner (2007-2012)
Scott served as senior policy advisor to Governor Perry during the creation of the Texas High School Initiative in 2003 and was involved in the bill’s passage and implementation. He was first appointed by Governor Rick Perry on October 16, 2007. As Commissioner, Scott was in charge of the Texas Education Agency which overseas all district and charter schools in the state. He has also been a noted advocate for improved early childhood education, insisting for the improvement of school readiness for pre-kindergarten-aged children.
Before his appointment as commissioner, Scott served as acting commissioner twice and served four years as chief deputy commissioner, managing daily TEA operations.
Scott resigned from office in the summer of 2012 after five years leading the agency - thus ending the longest tenure of any Texas education commissioner in the previous two decades. Scott's resignation came months after the Texas Legislature decided to cut the public school budget by $5 billion. Governor Rick Perry appointed former Texas Railroad Commissioner Michael Williams to succeed Scott as the state's chief education officer.
Scott was appointed as commissioner by Gov. Rick Perry in October 2007 and reappointed to in February 2011.
Scott is the father of two children Jonathon and Katie.