During the first Conversations and Coffee event, Defender Publisher and CEO Sonceria “Sonny” Messiah Jiles interviewed Houston Independent School District Superintendent Richard Carranza. The event sponsored by Kelsey-Seybold Clinic and hosted in their main campus rotunda welcomed community members to submit some of the interview questions. In addition, Kelsey-Seybold Clinic provided blood pressure testing and each attendee received a Defender coffee mug.
In the one-hour interview, Supt Carranza covered a number of topics we will share with you (see video schedule below).
Monday, June 26: Education of Black Males
Tuesday, June 27: Attendance Penalties vs. Title 1 funding
Wednesday, June 28: Discrimination in funding Magnet Schools vs. Non-magnet Schools
Thursday, June 29: Low Paying Teacher Salaries
Friday, June 30: Saving Black Schools
Saturday, July 1: Equity in Minority Contracts