HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza leaving for NYC

  • HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza leaving for NYC

HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza leaving for NYC

Together, the mayor and Carranza vowed to promote an "equity agenda" for New York City's students.

"Richard Carranza understands the power of public education to change lives, and he has a proven record of strengthening public schools and lifting up students and families", said the Mayor.

By comparison, Houston has the seventh-largest school district in the nation, with 214,000 students. The Mayor also praised Carranza's support for LGBTQ and transgender students. Alberto Carvalho said Thursday he was breaking his agreement with New York City because of emotional pleas from the Miami schools community to stay.

"We the Board wish Carranza the best in his endeavors and appreciate the leadership he brought to this district", said President Rhonda Skillern-Jones.

Prior to Houston, Carranza worked for the San Francisco Unified School District as deputy superintendent for instruction, innovation and social justice and then as superintendent.

When Carranza took over the Houston school district, the Houston Chronicle reported that the school board agreed to a three-year contract that paid him an annual base salary of $345,000.

He previously was superintendent of the San Francisco school system.

Carranza notably reopened Houston schools just two weeks after Hurricane Harvey devastated much of the region last August.

Carranza will take over for Carmen Farina, who announced her retirement in December.

Details of Carranza's departure were not immediately released by HISD officials, but New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday that Carranza will be the new chancellor of the city's Department of Education.