Houston ISD Superintendent Richard Carranza sent the following message today to parents, community members, and employees:
Houston ISD is proud of its rich diversity. Each and every one of our students has a right to an education that is free from discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Our focus and determination to serve all students will not be diminished by the recently announced rollback of guidelines to provide much needed protections for transgender students in public schools.
In HISD, we will continue to provide a safe and positive learning environment for all students.
We do not discriminate. In fact, HISD board policy clearly states that we do not condone discrimination on the basis of race, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, and/or gender expression, or on any other basis prohibited by law. The HISD Board of Education and I are committed to respecting and recognizing all students for who they are.
Our students represent the best of who we are, and together we are HISD.
Richard A. Carranza