Richard A. Carranza is the current New York City Schools Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education.[1][2] He previously served as the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District and the San Francisco Unified School District.[3]

Richard A. Carranza
Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education
Assumed office
April 2, 2018
Appointed byBill de Blasio
Preceded byCarmen Fariña
Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District
In office
August 18, 2016 – April 1, 2018
Preceded byTerry Grier
Succeeded byGrenita Latham (interim)
Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District
In office
Preceded byCarlos A. Garcia
Succeeded byMyong Leigh (interim)
Personal details

Early life and educationEdit

Carranza is the son of Mexican immigrants, a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser, Carranza credits his public school education for putting him on a path to college and a successful career.[4]

He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in secondary education from the University of Arizona and a Master of Education with distinction in educational leadership from Northern Arizona University.[4] He has completed his doctoral coursework through Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing a doctorate of education through Nova Southeastern University in educational leadership.


He began his career as a high school, bilingual social studies and music teacher, and then as a principal, both in Tucson, Arizona.[4]

Carranza was the Northwest Region superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas.[when?][4] He served the San Francisco Unified School District, first as deputy superintendent and then as superintendent, where he was accused of creating a hostile environment for women.[when?][4][5]

Houston Independent School DistrictEdit

He was the superintendent of the Houston Independent School District (HISD) beginning in fall 2016.[6] Carranza, who had signed a contract to serve for three years,[7] served in this capacity until April 2018, when Carranza was hired as New York City Schools Chancellor with a $345,000 salary.[4] He announced he accepted the new job in New York City in March of that year.[6] Observers in the Houston area were not aware that Carranza was seeking to exit his position with HISD. Carranza publicly stated that he and the board members of HISD did not have problems with one another.[8]

Doris Delaney, a monitor of HISD appointed by the Texas Education Agency (TEA), wrote a report stating that Carranza in fact disliked and felt frustration in reaction to actions taken by HISD board members. The report stated that Carranza disliked how the board was unable to deliberate important issues, overstepped its authority, and had members with inappropriate political desires.[8]

New York CityEdit

In 2018, the de Blasio administration initiated a plan to eliminate New York City's specialized high school exam, which is available to all middle school students in the city.[9] In June 2018, defending the plan, Carranza stated that “I just don’t buy into the narrative that any one ethnic group owns admission to these schools.”[10] Asian-American groups decried this as anti-Asian racism, considering that a disproportionately large number of students admitted to the city’s eight specialized schools are Asian. They believe Asians are being targeted for their success on the exam.[11] Alumni, activists and Asian American groups argued that Carranza failed to appreciate the socio-economic and other diversity among these students and internal to Asian communities.[12] Carranza refused to apologize for the remarks.

In June 2019 nine members of the New York City Council wrote a letter to Mayor of New York City Bill DeBlasio asking him to dismiss Carranza, accusing him of having divisive actions.[13] In response, twenty-three Councilmembers, including the education committee chair, sent a letter to the mayor in support of Carranza.[14]


  1. ^ "Richard A. Carranza - DOE Leadership - New York City Department of Education". Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  2. ^ "Mayor de Blasio Appoints Richard A. Carranza as Schools Chancellor". The official website of the City of New York. March 5, 2018. Retrieved 2018-04-03.
  3. ^ "San Francisco Educator Takes Charge Of HISD". Associated Press at Houston Public Media. 2016-08-19. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  4. ^ a b c d e f Harris, Elizabeth A.; Fernandez, Manny (18 March 2018). "Is Richard Carranza Ready to Run America's Biggest School System?". Retrieved 3 April 2018 – via
  5. ^ "Controversy Swirls Around New NYC Schools Chancellor". 1010 wins. Retrieved 3 January 2019.
  6. ^ a b Webb, Shelby; Jacob Carpenter (2018-03-06). "Houston ISD superintendent Richard Carranza leaving for NYC's top job after 18 months here". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  7. ^ Isensee, Laura (2016-08-22). "It Was The First Day of School for HISD's New Superintendent Too". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-06-07.
  8. ^ a b Carpenter, Jacob (2018-06-30). "State monitor's reports detail Carranza's frustration with HISD board, concerns about governance". Houston Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-05-08.
  9. ^ "In a mostly black district, parents bring different concerns to debate over New York City's specialized high schools". Chalkbeat. 2018-12-10. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  10. ^ Shapiro, Eliza. "Richard Carranza wants to talk about school segregation. Is New York ready?". Politico PRO. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  11. ^ "SHSAT controversy continues to divide". Queens Chronicle. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  12. ^ Weinstein, Boaz (2018-06-13). "Opinion | No Ethnic Group Owns Stuyvesant. All New Yorkers Do". The New York Times. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved 2019-02-02.
  13. ^ "NYC Council Members Call For Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza To Be Fired". WLNY CBS New York. Retrieved 2019-07-12.
  14. ^ "Too 'Divisive' or Just Honest? Local Pols Split on Carranza". BKLYNER.
Educational offices
Preceded by
Carmen Fariña
Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education
Preceded by
Terry Grier
Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District
Succeeded by
Grenita Latham (interim)
Preceded by
Carlos A. Garcia
Superintendent of the San Francisco Unified School District
Succeeded by
Myong Leigh (interim)