We are so going to miss HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza who is heading off to New York to do a lot of great things there. An important thing to note is that he comes out of the earlier-embattled Tucson Unified School District where Mexican American Studies was dismantled for several years until a court ruling last Summer settled the matter and made it legal again. Short quote on his background from within this New York Times piece authored by
His grandparents moved to the United States from Mexico, and he and his twin brother grew up speaking Spanish and did not learn English until they began school in Tucson. The boys’ father was a sheet-metal worker and their mother was a hairdresser.From Tucson, Carranza went on to the San Francisco Unified School District, where under his leadership, Ethnic Studies in SFUSD—inspired by Arizona—takes root and is today the premier program in the country. I am aware that he wanted to bring this into HISD but board politics cut his superintendency life short. Too bad since he has so much to offer.
As a youth, Mr. Carranza learned to play the guitar and fell in love with mariachi music, a continuing theme in his life. He paid his way through college by playing mariachi gigs.He eventually became a social studies teacher, then a principal and a school administrator. He spent seven years in San Francisco, first as deputy superintendent and then as superintendent, before moving to Houston in August 2016 to become superintendent.
We're going to miss you, Richard. Godspeed!