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December 30, 2013
Citing personal ties, de Blasio names Carmen Fariña chancellor
Confirming rumors that began even before the general election, Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio today named veteran educator Carmen Fariña to be his schools chancellor.
December 20, 2013
Why hasn't Bill de Blasio appointed a schools chancellor yet?
The day after Bill de Blasio's landslide general election victory, he pledged to move quickly on what he called his administration's two most important appointments: police commissioner and schools chancellor. He took care of the former within a month, and on Nov. 25 he told reporters he'd have information about a chancellor announcement "in a couple more days down the road." But six weeks into a transition period that is now nearing its end, educators are not only wondering who will be in charge of the school system on Jan. 1. They're also asking, what's taking so long? "Everybody is going crazy," CUNY education professor David Bloomfield said. That anxiety has permeated the Department of Education's offices at Tweed Courthouse, which houses thousands of central staff members, as well as the hallways of the city's 1,800 schools, which let out today for the 12-day holiday break. "We're as interested in it as you are," said Gary Nusser, assistant principal at M.S. 88 in Park Slope. So why hasn't de Blasio picked someone yet? The company line is that he still hasn't made his mind up and that his deliberation is an illustration of the extreme care he's putting into the decision—though that also echoes criticisms of his indecisiveness that have dogged de Blasio throughout his political career.
November 30, 2013
Ravitch, parent activist on de Blasio’s inaugural committee
Diane Ravitch, an outspoken critic of the Bloomberg administration’s school policies, is helping Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio plan his inauguration, according to de Blasio’s transition…
November 26, 2013
What New Yorkers say they want from de Blasio on education
"Get rid of Regents tests." "Higher pay for teachers." "Increase $ and access for arts education." Those are just a few of the hundreds of education suggestions that New Yorkers left for Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio in the last couple of weeks at the Talking Transitions tent, a temporary structure erected in Tribeca to host conversations about the city's next phase.
November 20, 2013
De Blasio advisors include critics of Bloomberg school policies
A leading special education advocate and a PTA president are among the 60 people that Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has named to his "transition committee." The committee will advise de Blasio as he crafts policies for his administration, which begins Jan. 1. Its composition signals de Blasio's priorities now that campaigning has given way to governing — and the names on the list suggest that, on education especially, de Blasio plans to stick with the profile of staunch progressive that he cultivated on the campaign trail. The committee includes Zakiyah Ansari, the Alliance for Quality Education's advocacy director and a leading critic of the Bloomberg's education policies; Cynthia Nixon, an actress who herself has worked with AQE; and Kim Sweet, a special education advocate whose organization has repeatedly sued the city under Bloomberg. All are public school parents.
November 19, 2008
It's official: Linda Darling-Hammond heading Obama policy team
Just yesterday she was being cagey about her role in the Obama transition, but today Linda Darling-Hammond, the lightning-rod Stanford professor, was officially named head of Obama's education policy working group. The position is likely to be scrutinized by those who were looking for a sign of precisely where Obama will land in the Democratic Party's raging debate over how to improve America's public schools. The thousands of people who have attached their names to an online petition supporting Darling-Hammond as a prospective Secretary of Education will likely embrace the news. They argue that she is "a key ingredient" to creating a "truly progressive public education system." But the news could also disappoint some in the education world who deeply oppose Darling-Hammond.
November 18, 2008
Darling-Hammond name-drops Romer, not herself, as adviser
Stanford professor and lightning-rod Linda Darling-Hammond this morning did not confirm a report that she is chairing an education policy group to…
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