Former Georgia State Representative
Morgan, a Democrat, has since left office following an unsuccessful run for state school superintendent, but much of her work centered on education. She helped craft bills updating the state’s teacher evaluation system and allowing students to freely transfer to other public schools with open seats. Morgan also frequently hosted conferences to teach local teenagers professional development skills.
At the governor’s inauguration ceremony in January, she watched as students from one of the newly created charter schools she supported sang a song. “I knew I was leaving,” she says, “but the work that I’ve done to create opportunities for kids will go well beyond my time in office.” Morgan says she plans to continue to pursue her passion for public education as a district school superintendent.
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