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Saturday, September 24 • 3:05pm - 4:05pm
Lessons from Urban Public Ed

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Supported by Raise Your Hand Texas

Moderators
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Alexa Ura (mod.)

Reporter for The Texas Tribune
Ura covers politics and demographics, with an emphasis on the state’s surging Hispanic population. She also covers women's health and LGBT issues at the Tribune, where she started as a reporting fellow in 2013. Ura has a bachelor's degree in journalism from the University of Texas at Austin.

Speakers
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Juan Cabrera

Superintendent of the El Paso Independent School District
Cabrera was named head of El Paso ISD in 2013. He previously worked as a school law attorney and served as general counsel to more than 20 Texas school districts. Cabrera is a certified K-8 bilingual teacher and has worked as an international general counsel, litigator and corporate executive with publicly traded technology firms.
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Richard Carranza

Superintendent of the Houston Independent School District
Carranza was named superintendent of Houston ISD in August. Previously, he served as superintendent and deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice of San Francisco USD. Prior to joining San Francisco USD, Carranza was a high school principal in Tucson, Arizona, and Las Vegas and has served as chairman of the board of directors of the Council of the Great City Schools.
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Paul Cruz

Superintendent of the Austin Independent School District
Cruz was named head of Austin ISD in 2015, after serving nine months as interim superintendent. He previously served as chief schools officer for AISD, supervising four associate superintendents and more than 120 campus principals. Cruz also served as the deputy commissioner for dropout prevention at the Texas Education Agency.
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Michael Hinojosa

Superintendent of the Dallas Independent School District
Hinojosa was named head of Dallas ISD in 2015. Previously, he served 20 years as a superintendent/CEO of six public education systems, including the Cobb County School District in Atlanta, Georgia. Hinojosa is a past president of the Texas Association of School Administrators and served as an educational consultant for the Association of Latino Administrators and Superintendents.
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Pedro Martinez

Superintendent of the San Antonio Independent School District
Martinez was named head of San Antonio ISD in 2015. Previously, he served as superintendent in residence for the Nevada Department of Education, where he advised the governor’s office and others on education policy decisions. Martinez also served as superintendent for Nevada’s Washoe County school district and as chief financial officer at Chicago Public Schools.