The son of a sheet metal worker and a hairdresser, San Francisco's new superintendent Richard Carranza entered the public school system knowing no English and was the first in his family to graduate from college. He now leads a district with a huge "achievement gap" between white, black and Latino students. We'll talk to him about plans for narrowing that gap -- and discuss his vision for improving public education in an era of shrinking budgets.
The Four Questions Carranza Asks Every School
"Everyone will say, 'We believe the most important thing in a school is what happens in a classroom with a teacher and a student,' but what does that really mean? What it really means is that you have to provide the support to teachers to better their craft; you have to continuously talk about and act upon the right thing. So, how do you know?
Here are four questions that I ask everyone when I visit a school:
What are students learning?
And that really goes to what is the curriculum? Is the curriculum rigorous? Is it aligned to state standards? Is it so rigorous that we're pushing kids? No one rises to low expectations, so are we making students really, really learn?