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.