Chancellor Says ‘We Are Turning the Page’ While Pulling Plug on Some Co-Locations

Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Farina.
Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.

Mayor Bill de Blasio took another step today to reverse the previous administration’s schools agenda, withdrawing nine co-locations approved last year, including three for Eva Moskowitz’s Success Academies.

“If there is one thing school communities should know, it’s this: we’re going to do things differently,” Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña said in a statement. “Today, we are turning the page on the approach of the past. We are going to listen and be responsive like never before, and that will be reflected in everything we do.” Continue reading “Chancellor Says ‘We Are Turning the Page’ While Pulling Plug on Some Co-Locations”

De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision

Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor's Office)
Bill de Blasio shoveling in front of his house. (Photo: Rob Bennett/NYC Mayor’s Office)

Mayor Bill de Blasio faced a barrage of questions today over his decision to keep schools open, despite forecasts of up to 14 inches of snow

For the lion’s share of more than 30 minutes of on-topic questioning following a storm update at the city’s Office of Emergency Management headquarter in Brooklyn, the new mayor and his schools chancellor repeatedly tried to explain their call to keep schools open during the sixth major storm in as many weeks. Continue reading “De Blasio Defends Controversial Snow Day Decision”

Teachers’ Union and Elected Officials Blast de Blasio’s School Day Call

A man attempts to brave the snow in Manhattan Thursday. (Photo: John Moore/Getty)
A man attempts to brave the snow in Manhattan Thursday. (Photo: John Moore/Getty)

Mayor Bill de Blasio’s decision to keep schools open during today’s blizzard received a cold response from the city’s teachers’ union and elected officials.

Michael Mulgrew, the union’s president, called the decision a “mistake.” Continue reading “Teachers’ Union and Elected Officials Blast de Blasio’s School Day Call”

New Schools Chancellor Stresses ‘Fun’ and Parent Communication

Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.
Bill de Blasio and his new schools chancellor, Carmen Fariña.

Incoming Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña sketched out her vision for improving the city’s public schools today, promising far more communication with parents and more fun in the classroom for city kids. Continue reading “New Schools Chancellor Stresses ‘Fun’ and Parent Communication”

Carmen Fariña Named Schools Chancellor

Carmen Fariña. (Screengrab: NY1)
Carmen Fariña. (Screengrab: NY1)

Education veteran Carmen Fariña will be the city’s next schools chancellor, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio announced today.

Ms. Fariña, a 40-year veteran from the city’s school system and a longtime advisor of the mayor-elect on education issues, will take over from Dennis Walcott later this week, Mr. de Blasio said at a Monday press conference, located at a Park Slope middle school. Continue reading “Carmen Fariña Named Schools Chancellor”

De Blasio May Feel Pressure to Meet Diversity Vow With His Schools Chancellor Pick

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with his pick for police commissioner, Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)
Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio with his pick for police commissioner, Bill Bratton. (Photo: Christopher Gregory/Getty)

What Bill Bratton, the incoming police commissioner, and Anthony Shorris, the new first deputy mayor, have in common–beyond the tremendous scope of their new authority and years of experience–is one rather simple fact: they are both white men in a city where the majority of people are not.  Continue reading “De Blasio May Feel Pressure to Meet Diversity Vow With His Schools Chancellor Pick”