Now that the disappointing Carmen Farina has announced her long overdue retirement, its time to speculate who the new Chancellor of the New York City schools will be. How about Santa Claus?
If you are a fan of my blog, Santa Claus has had little luck obtaining and keeping a teaching gig because of the DOE. You can read some of these posts Here, Here, Here, Here. and Here. However, what if Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Santa Claus as the new Chancellor?
The first thing Santa Claus would do is to "clean house" by making a list and checking it twice to see who was "naughty and who were nice". On the "naughty list" are the Bloomberg policymakers that Carmen Farina failed to remove. Also on the "naughty list" are Renewal Superintendent Amiee Horowitz, Superintendent Juan Mendez, and various other Superintendents that obtained their position based on who they knew and not on ability. Also on Santa's "naughty list" would be the many Leadership Academy principals who think they are the CEO of their school rather than be the instructional leader. Finally, all principals that have a low staff trust factor are part of the "naughty list".
Along with the DOE employees on the "naughty list" that needs to be removed by the new Chancellor. Santa Claus, needs to eliminate or change the Farina/Klein inspired policies that hurt student academic achievement ad cause a wide racial/income academic achievement gap. The are as follows:
- Fair Student Funding
- Charlotte Danielson rubric
- Largest class sizes in the State
- Eliminate the far too many screened high schools
- Eliminate principal autonomy in hiring
- School staff budgets, based on units not salary
- No hiring until excess list is eliminated in the District