Deputy Chancellor Eric Nadelstern is raising suspicion that this school year may be his last.
Nadelstern told school network leaders at a meeting earlier this week that he plans to stay with the Department of Education “at least through June,” leading them to speculate that the DOE’s most senior educator may be planning his exit.
Nadelstern, a 39-year veteran of the city school system, had been broadly considered a potential successor to outgoing Schools Chancellor Joel Klein. After Mayor Michael Bloomberg gave that post to publishing executive Cathie Black, some noted that Nadelstern was a natural choice for the new Chief Academic Officer position created as part of the deal that sealed Black’s appointment. That position went to another of Klein’s deputies, Shael Polakow-Suransky.
After the city’s deputy chancellor for finance and technology Photeine Anagnostopoulos resigned the day after Klein announced his departure, some DOE staff speculated that other departures were on the way.