Texas Education Agency - Program Specialist
AJ Crabill, Deputy Commissioner at TEA, is responsible for supporting the agency's work regarding school improvement, charters, governance, complaints, system support & innovation, investigations, school discipline/safety, waivers, and districts of innovation. Prior to joining TEA, Crabill served eight years on the board of the Kansas City (MO) Public Schools. He led a broad suite of reforms that radically transformed the district. Crabill currently chairs the 2017 annual conference for the International Policy Governance Association, and has provided governance training to school districts nationwide to help refocus school board members on the core mission of improving student outcomes. Guided by the idea that student outcomes don't change until adult behaviors change and drawing on his intimate familiarity with the triumphs and terrors of America's safety nets for children, he has devoted much of his adult life to advocating for the well-being of our nation's most vulnerable youth.