Chancellor Richard Carranza visited Staten Island and told the local media his six key components that makes an effective school. They are as follows:
- Strong leadership
- Excellent teachers.
- Strong and varied curriculum.
- School and classroom organization.
- Social and emotional learning.
- Parent outreach and empowerment.
When it comes to excellent teachers, since the Guliani era the word"excellent" means inexpensive and untenured teachers. Memo to the Chancellor, there are many excellent teachers in the ATR pool aand many veteran teachers will transfer if it wasn't for DOE hiring policy that penalizes principals who hire veteran teachers, The Fair Student Funding formula needs to be eliminated before the word "excellent" means what it should mean.
Eliminate or severely reduce "credit recovery" courses. Stop imposing scholarship requirements, and make the courses "college and career" ready. Only 3 out of every 10 students are ready for the adult world.
If social and emotional learning means restorative justice instead of a suspension or does it mean giving out "warning cards" instead of being arrested, then I am skeptical.
To the Chancellor, its one thing to say what is needed, its another thing to get the bloated Bureaucracy at the DOE to implement those changes. You can read what the new Chancellor proposed Here.