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Remember the Alamo!

Remember March 6, 1836!

Justin Verlander will be our Opening Day starting pitcher. This will be Verlander’s tenth Opening Day start. What is his record on Opening Day?

Go vote today!

Well that is what I call a quickie. Commentary is talking about the HISD Superintendent leaving us high and dry and headed to New York City. Here is from the front page of today’s Chron:

Less than two years after he arrived in Houston with a mandate to restore trust and equity in Texas’ largest school district, Superintendent Richard Carranza shocked the city’s education community Monday by taking the job of leading New York City’s school system, a stunning departure as Houston ISD works to close a $115 million budget deficit, stave off a potential state takeover and recover after Hurricane Harvey.

Carranza’s departure came without warning in Houston, where many first learned of his decision through social media posts that showed Carranza walking into a New York City press conference. Mayor Bill De Blasio tapped the 51-year-old after his first choice for the job, Miami-Dade County Public Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho, backed out last week during a televised school board meeting.

Carranza, who took over HISD just over 18 months ago called De Blasio’s offer “an opportunity that I could not say ‘no’ to.”

The timing of Carranza’s departure could not be much worse for HISD, which serves about 215,000 students.

The district faces a massive budget deficit and a hefty “recapture” payment under Texas’ school finance law, which could balloon by tens of millions of dollars depending on the outcome of a lawsuit against the state. Amid that, Carranza has offered a series of ambitious proposals in recent months, including changes to the district’s magnet programs and campus funding models.

Here is the entire article: https://www.houstonchronicle.com/news/article/Richard-Carranza-houston-ISD-new-york-city-deblasi-12730165.php.

Then I saw this on the Channel 13 website:

Monday, March 05, 2018 05:08PM

HOUSTON, Texas —

Several individuals have been superintendent for HISD over there years, here is a look back at a few:

Roderick “Rod” Paige

Feb. 7, 1994 – Feb. 2001

Kathryn “Kaye” Stripling

Feb. 9, 2001 – Aug. 26, 2004

Abelardo Saavedra

Aug. 27, 2004 – Aug. 2009

Terry Grier

Aug. 2009 – March 1, 2016

Richard Carranza

Aug. 18, 2016 – March 4, 2018

Don’t know when Carranza is leaving though.

Don’t count on Commentary to be one of those to say good luck on your next gig. He’s pretty weak if you ask me. Maybe he didn’t want to put up with the scrutiny Pulitzer Prize winning columnist Lisa Falkenberg had him under. Running away from a challenge. Does not speak well of him. He’s out the door. Good riddance is all I can say.

I don’t have much else to say today other than to go vote.

Justin Verlander is 2-1 on Opening Day of course.

That’s all I have from The Yard today so go vote, please!

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