What’s first for the new chancellor? Everything

Stephon Johnson | 3/15/2018, midnight
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio had to choose which person he wanted to lead the city’s schools. New ...
Richard Carranza New York City Mayor's Office photo

Reynoso continued, “As a child to immigrant parents from the Dominican Republic who grew up in a predominantly immigrant community, I can’t tell you how meaningful it was for me to finally learn about my roots once I got to college.”

Jenny Sedlis, executive director of the pro-charter school group StudentsFirstNY, said they aren’t looking for a chancellor to carry out the mayor’s agenda. They want a chancellor who will challenge elements of the agenda they feel don’t do right by children.

“Mayor de Blasio’s K-12 education policies have done little to help our city’s children and we need a chancellor who will be an independent voice for change,” said Sedlis. “Mr. Carranza must embrace policies that are proven to work, namely a focus on teacher quality and parent choice. He should visit the high performing charter schools and take some of those best practices into the district.”

A DOE representative stated in an email that “the new chancellor hasn’t started yet—so we’ll check back in with you in a few weeks once he’s moved & settled in NYC.”

He won’t have a voice for a few weeks, so the people of New York will voice their opinion in the meantime.