Rise & Shine: Carmen Fariña’s farewell tour
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Who will lead the nation's largest school system? That's the question everyone is asking as outgoing Chancellor Carmen Fariña prepares to step down within the coming weeks — even though her replacement has yet to be named.
One potential successor whose name has been floated is Barbara Jenkins, the superintendent of Orange County Public Schools in Florida. However, there are some big reasons why she might not be chosen — including the fact that the influential leader of a national teachers union expressed doubts about Jenkins' approach.
In the meantime, Fariña has started to give a first round of exit interviews. Not surprisingly, she held them both at schools in Brooklyn's District 15, where she was once a teacher and superintendent.
COUNTDOWN New York City schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña will step down in about a month, even as the mayor has yet to announce her successor. Chalkbeat
THE SEARCH City Hall has apparently courted the head of the Orlando school system as a potential replacement for Fariña, but there are questions about whether she wants the job or will receive the support of the influential teachers unions. Chalkbeat
EXIT INTERVIEWS Fariña gives herself a “B-plus for achievement and A-plus for effort,” citing a higher graduation rate, the prekindergarten expansion, and increased parent engagement. Wall Street Journal
Fariña has famously visited dozens of the city’s 1,800 schools as chancellor, giving detailed feedback to their teachers and leaders. While critics say that’s an inefficient way to run such a huge school system, Fariña argues that her visits are never just about one school: “Visiting a school, you can impact at least 15 to 20 other schools in the process.” Politico New York
‘COPYCAT’ THREATS Several New York City students were arrested last week for making threats in the wake of the fatal school shooting in Parkland, Florida. New York Post
CHARTER UNIONS Nationwide, the share of charter schools represented by a teachers union decreased slightly over the past seven years. In New York City, just under 10 percent of charter schools are unionized. The 74