Richard Carranza, the Houston schools superintendent, has been named the next New York City schools chancellor.
We are happy that Mayor de Blasio has chosen another career educator to succeed Carmen Fariña. Carranza, the child of Mexican immigrant parents, began as a bilingual social studies teacher in Arizona and worked his way up through the ranks to lead the San Francisco public schools for four years before his 18-month stint in Houston.
Carranza has earned a reputation for collaboration with educators and parents and has been a real champion of public schools. We are encouraged by his commitment to all children, his resistance to a “testing culture” and his support for the community schools approach.
In his remarks today at the City Hall press conference to announce his appointment, Carranza spoke about how he draws his inspiration and strength from the classroom. He stressed the importance of social and emotional learning and the arts in urban public schools. And he spoke persuasively about the support that “historically underserved” schools need to turn around.
In answering a question about charter schools, he made clear his own allegiance: “I am a vocal, voracious, absolutely passionate supporter of public schools.”
Both his track record and his words today are promising. We look forward to working with the new schools chancellor to continue to move our New York City public schools forward.
Thank you for everything that you do.