San Francisco Unified School District
Richard A. Carranza was sworn in as the new superintendent of San Francisco Unified School District on June 27, 2012. Mr. Carranza has held the position of Deputy Superintendent of Instruction, Innovation and Social Justice at the district since 2009. He succeeds Carlos A. Garcia, who has been at the helm of San Francisco’s public schools for the past five years.
As Deputy Superintendent, Mr. Carranza led the implementation of the district’s equity focused strategic plan. His responsibilities include the redesign of the district’s central office to better support school sites and the implementation of a core instructional curriculum to achieve more equitable educational results for all students.
Prior to his work with SFUSD, Mr. Carranza was Northwest Region Superintendent for the Clark County School District in Las Vegas, Nevada, where he oversaw 66 schools and over 66,000 students. Under his leadership the Northwest Region made significant strides towards improving student achievement including an increase in the number of middle schools and high schools making Adequate Yearly Progress (AYP) and double digit reductions in the percentage of special education and Limited English Proficient (LEP) students performing below proficiency levels in mathematics and language arts.
He has also served as a high school principal in Tucson, Arizona, and in Las Vegas, Nevada; high school assistant principal; and a teacher of bilingual social studies and music. Mr. Carranza earned a B.A. in Secondary Education from the University of Arizona and a M.Ed., with distinction, in Educational Leadership from Northern Arizona University. He has also completed doctoral coursework through Northern Arizona University and is currently pursuing an Ed.D degree through Nova Southeastern University in Educational Leadership.
Having entered the public school system speaking no English, Mr. Carranza has experienced, first-hand, the transformational power of access and equity in providing a rich and rewarding education to all students.
Mr. Carranza begins his new appointment as Superintendent for the San Francisco Unified School District (SFUSD) July 2012.