Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts

Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers
Comptroller Scott Stringer highlights possible collusion among DOE milk providers

A Department of Education contract with milk providers has gone sour, the city’s new comptroller charged today.

Scott Stringer’s first major audit of city schools has revealed evidence of collusion among the dairy companies that provide milk to school children, Mr. Stringer told reporters at a press conference this morning. Continue reading “Scott Stringer Cracks Down on ‘Tainted’ School Milk Contracts”

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”

De Blasio Taking Slow and Steady Approach to Schools Chancellor Pick

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today.
Bill de Blasio today.

Bill de Blasio will be unveiling “important” new appointments in the near future, but don’t expect his schools chancellor pick to be among them.

Asked today about his selection for the chancellor position, the mayor-elect described his decision-making process as deliberate and methodical and said new candidates are still being considered even as his January 1 inauguration looms a few weeks away. Continue reading “De Blasio Taking Slow and Steady Approach to Schools Chancellor Pick”

Bloomberg Shocked and Boggled by City’s Inability to Fire ‘Heroin Teacher’

Mayor Michael Bloomberg.(Photo: Getty)
Mayor Michael Bloomberg. (Photo: Getty)

New York City’s efforts to fire what it calls the “heroin teacher” received a setback this week that has Mayor Michael Bloomberg fuming.

Continue reading “Bloomberg Shocked and Boggled by City’s Inability to Fire ‘Heroin Teacher’”

Big Inflatable Rat Installed Outside Anthony Weiner’s Building

Parents protested outside Anthony Weiner's building Friday.
Parents protested outside Anthony Weiner’s building Friday.

Education activists and union members furious about Anthony Weiner’s plans to scrap paid parent coordinators if he’s elected mayor erected a giant, inflatable rat outside of his building this morning during a protest urging voters to keep him off the general election ballot.

“I think he’s doing a lousy-ass job,” said Yvette McClamb, vice president of the PTA at Jackie Robinson Junior High School 13 in East Harlem, who was one of about a dozen women who gathered outside of Mr. Weiner’s ritzy Park Avenue South apartment building, next to the rat.

Continue reading “Big Inflatable Rat Installed Outside Anthony Weiner’s Building”