Chancellor addresses controversial topics, priorities for new school year at roundtable

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City Schools Chancellor Richard A. Carranza invited the media to a roundtable on Friday to address controversial topics and to also discuss his priorities for the new school year.

Carranza answered questions about programs past and present, and shared his vision moving forward for the new school year. The chancellor also discussed curriculum, school buses and gifted and talented programs.

Carranza says he agrees with the School Diversity Advisory Group in that the current configuration the city's Department of Education has is not the best practice.

The chancellor says improvements need to be made.

"We are also looking at what other school systems across the country and the world to tell us about teaching intellectually gifted students. So it is not going away. Students aren't going to be pulled out of those programs, but we are going to have a conversation this year about what does that really mean," said Carranza.

While some of the programs discussed have already been implemented and some are expected to be rolled out in the coming months, the chancellor emphasized his desire to work with the community to keep parents involved in ensuring our students are supported and get the best education possible.

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