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San Francisco Schools grapple with Common Core, new technology


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San Francisco Unified School District Superintendent Richard Carranza has headed the City’s schools for the past two years. He came to San Francisco from Las Vegas where he was a superintendent. Before that he was a high school principal. As a child, Carranza started school speaking only Spanish, and says his success story strengthened his belief in equitable opportunities in education. As Superintendent in San Francisco, he is grappling with issues like teacher pay, the new common core standards, and technology.

SUPERINTENDENT CARRANZA: My dream has always been to be a teacher. I consider myself a teacher masquerading as a Superintendent.

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Hana Baba is host of Crosscurrents, KALW's weeknight newsmagazine that broadcasts on KALW Public Radio in the San Francisco Bay Area.