Houston School Superintendent Richard Carranza will be the new NYC Chancellor. His previous job was to head San Francisco public schools. I found some tidbits people might find interesting in some of the articles on Carranza.
From the San Francisco Chronicle when Carranza left to take the Houston job in 2016:
Not wanting to use student test scores in teacher job evaluations will put the Chancellor at odds with UFT President Michael Mulgrew but not with the vast majority of the teachers.
Here is Mulgrew's positive reaction from Chalkbeat:
Mr. Carranza has earned a reputation for collaboration with teachers, parents and school communities 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.
From Houston Federation of Teachers President Zeph Capo and American Federation of Teachers President Randi Weingarten (Chalkbeat):
Houston's loss is New York City's gain. Under Superintendent Carranza's leadership and vision, we collaborated to strengthen and support public education in Houston. Together, we ended the teacher assessment sham that was VAM (value-added measures), and we coordinated to get schools aid and new books in the wake of Hurricane harvey. Richard worked tirelessly to help communities recover and heal, well after the floodwater receded. He was a proud servant of the children of Houston, and, if his track record is any guide, he'll be a similarly indispensable asset to the children of New York. While we're sad to see Richard leave Texas, we congratulate him on his appointment and New York City on its wise choice.
He looks like he will have the UFT on his side for what that is worth or not worth for the rest of us.
Oh and Carranza isn't on Eva Moskowitz' list of potential Chancellors.
On the down side from Politico:
Carranza has indicated that he's not against closing schools. He announced a hard-line approach for Houston's worst schools just two months ago, slating 15 schools for closure or takeover. And last year, Carranza announced a separate $24 million plan for 32 of the city's low-performing schools that sounds a great deal like the Renewal program: more professional development and instructional coaches for teachers and longer school days.
On Houston's budget shortfall, I'm not sure Carranza can be blamed. From Patch:
HISD is facing a $115 million budget shortfall for the 2018-19 school year for a variety of reasons, most notably Hurricane Harvey recapture, lower student enrollment and paying money back to the state for the "Robin Hood" law.