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Morgan Smith reports on politics and education for the Tribune, which she joined in November 2009. She writes about the effects of the state budget, school finance reform, accountability and testing in Texas public schools. Her political coverage has included congressional and legislative races, as well as Gov. Rick Perry's presidential campaign, which she followed to Iowa and New Hampshire. In 2013, she received a National Education Writers Association award for "Death of a District," a series on school closures. After earning a bachelor's degree in English from Wellesley College, she moved to Austin in 2008 to enter law school at the University of Texas. A San Antonio native, her work has also appeared in Slate, where she spent a year as an editorial intern in Washington D.C.

Recent Contributions

Tim Fischer/Midland Reporter-Telegram

In Midland, a Political Donor With a School

A decade before Tim Dunn became the benefactor behind one of the state’s most aggressive conservative groups, the West Texas oil and gas developer founded a school. The move marked his personal interest in education policy.

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Shannan Muskopf

Battle Brewing Over Teacher Evaluation Rules

A new state policy that ties teacher evaluations to student performance on standardized tests is drawing criticism from a range of sources. It is likely to be a topic of discussion Wednesday at a Texas House Public Education Committee hearing.

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Watch the video of our panel discussion on HB 5, the sweeping education bill passed by the 83rd Legislature, at our symposium on STEM education at UT-Dallas. See the rest of the day's panels on our multimedia page.

TribLive: Life After House Bill 5

Watch the video of our panel discussion on HB 5, the sweeping education bill passed by the 83rd Legislature, at our symposium on STEM education at UT-Dallas. See the rest of the day's panels on our multimedia page.

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