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End of an era
January 7, 2015
Longtime deputy chancellor Kathleen Grimm to retire
Kathleen Grimm, the deputy chancellor for operations and a fixture in the Department of Education under four chancellors, is stepping down, Chancellor Carmen Fariña announced Wednesday.
year in review
December 24, 2014
In first year as chancellor, Fariña counts on fellow educators to drive changes
To Chancellor Fariña's many admirers, her style reflects a belief that even in a system of 1.1 million students and 75,000 or so teachers, change can happen school by school, classroom by classroom, without the seismic policy shakeups that seemed to occur routinely under the previous administration.
year in review
December 24, 2014
Twelve lessons we learned from New York City schools in 2014
2014 was a year of big shifts, not small tweaks. After 12 months of analyzing the changes, here’s our annual roundup of the big lessons learned from covering city schools.
December 22, 2014
After 40 years, official in charge of Office of Safety and Youth Development to retire
The official who has overseen the Department of Education’s Office of Safety and Youth Development for the last decade is preparing to leave the department.
October 9, 2014
With changes in leadership and funding, the splashy 'iZone' reaches a crossroads
Top officials have recently left the Innovation Zone, a Bloomberg-era initiative whose federal grants are drying up. City officials say the iZone's work is continuing, but some wonder where it fits in the new administration.
September 22, 2014
Special education CEO Johannah Chase to be replaced by District 75 principal
Johannah Chase, the head of the school system's special-education office, is stepping down just months after taking the job.
meet the new boss
August 27, 2014
When not in schools, Fariña spent first months with education's power brokers
The chancellor's schedule shows that when she wasn’t visiting schools, Fariña met with Stanford researcher Linda Darling-Hammond, billionaire philanthropist George Soros, along with a host of advocates, executives, elected officials, and union representatives.
August 26, 2014
On her tour of city schools, Fariña takes a hands-on approach
Between January and May, Fariña officially stepped inside more than 70 different schools, according to meeting and school-visit schedules that were recently released to Chalkbeat. Together, interviews with Fariña and principals she met with paint a picture of her preferred leadership methods: keeping a low public profile while focusing intently on instruction and school-level leadership.
July 28, 2014
Top official says recent department turnover not a sign of problems
Deputy Chancellor Phil Weinberg said recent high-level departures do not indicate turmoil in his office during a segment of the "Brian Lehrer Show" Monday about education technology.
April 30, 2014
Fariña's big bet on school improvement takes shape
It’s growing clearer how Fariña’s signature Learning Partners program—a big bet on collaboration, rather than competition—will play out.
April 24, 2014
David Weiner, city's former teacher evaluation czar, decamps for nonprofit
David Weiner, who joined the department in 2011 to oversee the lead-up to a new teacher evaluation system, will become the next president of PENCIL, a nonprofit that creates partnerships between public schools and local businesses.
April 16, 2014
More Dept. of Education top brass leave as Fariña asserts her vision for public education
Top officials have been trickling out of the Department of Education, offering additional signs of its new leadership's priorities.
April 11, 2014
Major power restructuring underway at city education department
Tweed's No. 2 Dorita Gibson told staff this week that she's taking over a significant chunk of the education department's operations, a consolidation that had been expected since Chancellor Carmen Fariña reshuffled her leadership team in January.
April 9, 2014
Complying with state law, city unties test scores from promotion rules
The city is planning to scrap a controversial policy that for the last 10 years has valued state test scores above any other learning measure when making student grade promotion decisions.
sharing is caring
April 7, 2014
Fariña launches program to pair schools with aim of improving them
The Learning Partners Program is the citywide version of a program that Chancellor Carmen Fariña instituted when she was a local superintendent more than a decade ago. For months, even before she was appointed to run the school system, she advocated using “demonstration schools” to highlight practices that other schools could emulate.
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