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AISD Superintendent Paul Cruz Elected to Executive Committee of National Urban Schools Group

Beginning in July, Austin ISD Superintendent Paul Cruz will be an executive board member of the Council of Great City Schools. 

The Council of the Great City Schools is the only national organization exclusively representing the needs of urban public schools. Composed of 67 large city school districts, its mission is to promote the cause of urban schools and to advocate for inner-city students through legislation, research and media relations.

“It is an honor to be asked to sit with urban school districts from across the nation,” Cruz said. “I look forward to serving on the executive board and collaborating with other educational leaders on how to best meet the diverse needs of some of the largest school districts in the country on behalf of AISD and its 85,000 students.”

Cruz was elected to the executive committee at the most recent meeting of the organization’s board of directors in March.

“We look forward to Paul Cruz’s participation on the executive committee to help improve urban education in America,” said Council Executive Director Michael Casserly. “Paul Cruz brings valuable expertise and an important perspective from Austin that will help inform the important work of the organization during a period when Congress is reauthorizing the federal Elementary and Secondary Education Act and the nation is debating the implementation of new standards, testing systems and immigration policies.”         

Cruz will serve a three-year term, beginning July 1 through June 30, 2018. The executive committee meets four times a year.

The Council of the Great City Schools also provides a network for school districts sharing common problems to exchange information and to collectively address new challenges as they emerge in order to deliver the best possible education for urban youth.

For more information, please visit the council's website at



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