March 6, 2018

Optimism, relief, and an open invitation to visit schools: New York City responds to Carranza’s appointment as chancellor

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Reaction to the appointment of Richard Carranza as New York City schools chancellor was a little slow to get started — likely a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio keeping news of the appointment under wraps until shortly before announcing it at City Hall Monday afternoon.

Evan Stone, co-founder and co-CEO of Educators for Excellence, a teacher advocacy group:

In selecting Richard Carranza, Mayor de Blasio has chosen a lifelong educator and a proven leader with a track record of leading large and diverse school districts, seeking the input of communities and teachers and focusing on improving outcomes for students who have been historically underserved – experiences that should set him up for success in our nation’s largest school district. We are also excited by Mr. Carranza’s history of coupling improved student achievement with a reduction in punitive discipline. Today, Mr. Carranza emphasized the need for both equity and innovation. For our 1.1 million students we hope that translates into ensuring our education system provides each child with the support and resources that they need to excel, and that teachers receive the professional development, autonomy and meaningful feedback they need to provide an excellent education for all our children. E4E-New York teachers extend our new Chancellor an invitation to work together in this critical mission.

Leona Fowler, a teacher at P233 in Queens and Educators for Excellence member:

As an educator, I need a leader who prioritizes listening to teachers and parents in making important decisions for children. We need someone who will continue the fight for equity and equality in New York City to make sure all our families, students and teachers have a voice. Superintendent Carranza today stated that he will fight for the unheard students of New York City. Teachers like me look forward to working with him to build on the work we’ve done to make schools welcoming and safe for all our students, and that educators have the training and support required to help our children reach their academic potential, and protect the most vulnerable among them.

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