Superintendent Dr. Parra Participates in Education Roundtable


Irving ISD Superintendent of Schools Jose L. Parra, Ed.D. (pictured at right with Magda Hernandez, Associate Superintendent of Human Resources and Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne), joined North Texas mayors and superintendents at the George W. Bush Presidential Center for a roundtable discussion on State of Our Cities: Profiles of Education Performance around the Nation. This new online tool from the Bush Institute provides comparable education data on more than 100 U.S. cities. The event highlighted State of Our Cities as a resource for helping inform city leaders about what is needed to prepare students for college and the workforce and also gave guests the opportunity to highlight current initiatives in their respective districts. Dr. Parra touched on Irving ISD’s Partners in Education program as a means to increase the investment of time, student resources and mentorship from local businesses.

As an online resource, State of Our Cities includes data on 114 cities from multiple sources, allowing users to compare their community’s scores at the state, national and global level. The data outlines performance on indicators including: a high-quality education for every student; supported pathways to college and career; early childhood education that prepares students for the classroom; and effective educators and principals. Armed with these observations, State of Our Cities offers a starting point so mayors and city leaders can work with their communities to address important needs or accelerate change.

Dr. Parra joined Dallas Mayor Mike Rawlings, Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price, Irving Mayor Beth Van Duyne, and Arlington Mayor Jeff Williams for the discussion, along with education leaders from across the state of Texas including: Arlington ISD Superintendent Marcelo Cavazos; Dallas ISD Superintendent Michael Hinojosa; Fort Worth ISD Superintendent Kent Paredes Scribner; San Antonio ISD Deputy Superintendent Dr. Emilio Castro; Ana Acevedo, City of San Antonio Education Policy Administrator; and more.

State of Our Cities, which will be routinely updated, is part of the Bush Institute’s Education Reform initiative to help ensure all students are on a path to success. To view, visit 

Presented by Irving ISD

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