Schools Chief Drama

The Story

The unusual drama recently regarding the appointment of a new schools chancellor played like comic opera. First the superintendent of Miami’s schools announced that he would take the job, then suddenly bowed out, embarrassing Mayor de Blasio, who hastily named the head of Houston’s schools as New York’s new chancellor a few days later. But beyond the comedy, serious questions remain about the problems of New York City’s school system and what the mayor will do to address them. 

The Facts You Need to Know

  1. First: Alberto Carvalho, the mayor’s original pick, is a noted reformer and advocate for charters and school choice. Read more.

  2. Runner-up?: Richard Carranza, who will assume the chancellor’s position, has a thin record of accomplishment and appears committed to following the agenda of the teachers’ union. Read more.

  3. Renewal: Though he might be changing course somewhat, Mayor de Blasio has pursued a stubborn policy of pouring resources into failing city schools instead of closing them or offering parents more choice. Read more.

“There is no daylight between Mayor de Blasio and myself, in terms of what we believe in, what our aspirations are for the children of New York City.”

Richard Carranza, New York City schools chancellor

Twitter Take

The Past is Present

Breaking Up the Board of Ed By Edward N. Costikyan (Autumn 1994)

“A mayoral advisor sketches his plan for dismantling New York’s dysfunctional education bureaucracy.”

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