The Defender Media Group in partnership with Kelsey-Seybold Clinic hosted a Conversations & Coffee event featuring HISD Superintendent Richard Carranza at the Kelsey-Seybold Clinic. Defender publisher Sonceria Messiah-Jiles interviewed Carranza in front of a packed house, posing hard questions about the state of education in HISD relative to its Black students and employees. Carranza addressed several topics, including plans to keep Worthing and other “low-performing schools” from conservatorship; fixing attendance penalties that offsetfederal funding from Title I; improving the educational and disciplinary outcomes of Black males in HISD; increasing teacher salaries; strategies for dealing with Recapture; and more. In attendance were Defender staff members Marilyn Marshall, ReShonda Tate Billingsley, Jasemine Knowles, Clyde Jiles, Jodie B. Jiles, Margo Hubbard-Williams, Aswad Walker, HISD School Board members Jolanda Jones and Rhonda Skillern-Jones, Jodie Jiles, Derik Muhammad, Algenita Scott-Davis, Georgia Provost, Pastor Suzette Caldwell, Lynden Rose, Patrick Trahan, Howard Jefferson, Jon Jackson, Sister Mama Sonya, TSU Regent Marilyn Rose, Delesa Thomas, Janaeya Carmouche, Kim Davis, Carolyn Scantlebury, Jacqueline Preston and many others.
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