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HISD Superintendent Calls For ‘Investment’ In Public Education, More Centralized District

On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools luncheon. He outlined his priorities and some challenges the district faces. Right at the top of those priorities, Richard Carranza put funding for arts education, even if budgets are tight. “All children deserve a rich artistic experience as […]

Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza comments during the State of the Schools luncheon at the Hilton of the Americas, February 15, 2017.On Wednesday (Feb. 15, 2017), HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza spoke at the annual State of the Schools luncheon. He outlined his priorities and some challenges the district faces.

Right at the top of those priorities, Richard Carranza put funding for arts education, even if budgets are tight.

"All children deserve a rich artistic experience as part of their daily education," Carranza said.

He continued to tell the sold-out crowd of more than 2,000 people at the downtown Hilton Americas Hotel how mariachi music shaped his own life. (But he didn't perform.)

His remarks on HISD stretched for nearly an hour. The major theme:

"Public education is an investment, not an expense. It's an investment in our children, an investment in a prosperous future of our city, for our state, for our nation," he said.

Carranza has been at the helm of the district since last fall (2016), and he speaks with Houston Matters about his progress so far and the biggest issues facing public schools in Houston. Plus he answers your questions about public education at HISD.

(Above: HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza comments during the State of the Schools luncheon at the Hilton of the Americas, Feb. 15, 2017. Photo Courtesy: HISD)

Michael Hagerty

Michael Hagerty

Senior Producer, Houston Matters

Michael Hagerty is the senior producer for Houston Matters. He's spent more than 20 years in public radio and television and dabbled in minor league baseball, spending four seasons as the public address announcer for the Reno Aces, the Triple-A affiliate of the Arizona Diamondbacks.

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