Chalkbeat and the New York Times, among others, have each reported NYC DOE School’s Chancellor Richard Carranza has resigned this past Friday. The embattled Chancellor has faced harsh criticism from parents and teachers alike over the DOE’s handling of the Covid-19 pandemic. But Chancellor Carranza is also widely reported to have clashed both privately and publicly with Mayor DeBlasio over best practices to desegregate NYC’s public schools.
The latest disputes centered around admissions testing for the city’s Gifted & Talented programs. Previous plans to reform the admissions to elite High Schools such as Hunter and Stuyvesant, faced severe backlash from the public as well. His departure has sparked further conversation about the validity of Bloomberg-era Mayoral Control over the DOE.
Carranza’s successor, Meisha Ross Porter, is a long-time DOE employee and has risen through the ranks from Teacher, Principal, Superintendent to Executive Superintendent of 361 schools in the Bronx. She is the first Black woman to helm our nation’s largest public school system and will take over on March, 15th. “I am ready to hit the ground running and lead New York City schools to a full recovery.” It is not clear how long her term will last after the next Mayoral election.