Latino Leaders Call For Transparency In HISD Superintendent Search

Mar 22, 2018 by

On the packed agenda for HISD’s meeting Thursday: consider Superintendent Richard Carranza’s resignation, his separation agreement and discuss a timeline to fill his vacancy

Latino leaders, including state Reps. Carol Alvarado, Ana Hernandez and Armando Walle, called for transparency in HISD superintendent search at a press conference Wednesday.

Several local officials are calling on the Houston school board to keep its superintendent search transparent, as trustees prepare to discuss next steps at a special meeting Thursday.

On the packed agenda: consider Superintendent Richard Carranza’s resignation, his separation agreement and discuss a timeline to fill his vacancy. The board could also potentially name an interim superintendent.

At a press conference Wednesday, several Latino officials and business leaders said that they don’t see anything wrong with that process yet. But they want to be proactive and make sure the search remains inclusive.

“It’s a great job. But a job that we all collectively want to be able to help in that process. This is about transparency. This is about accountability and making sure these children, all the children of HISD are well represented,” said state Rep. Armando Walle, D-Houston.

Walle and others encouraged parents and community members to give their input on the next steps for HISD leadership.

Several leaders noted that more 60 percent of the children in HISD are Hispanic.

When asked if the next superintendent should reflect their cultural background, state Rep. Ana Hernandez, D-Houston, reiterated that they want a “fair, transparent, inclusive process.”

“And I don’t think that’s based on someone’s skin color, but their qualifications. We want the best leader to be at the helm of HISD. We want the best process to be in place,” Hernandez said.

Source: Latino Leaders Call For Transparency In HISD Superintendent Search – Houston Public Media

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