When Bill de Blasio became Mayor of New York City, many teachers were hoping for massive changes at Tweed. The antagonistic tone coming out of the DOE would be replaced with a collaborative atmosphere that would result in positive changes to the classrooms and help the City's public school students. However, under the disappointing Chancellor, Carmen Farina, little has changed at the school level.
Under Carmen Farina's tenure, school budgets remain frozen at levels 14% less than in 2008. The continuation of the "fair student funding" that encourages principals to hire the "cheapest and not the best" teachers for their schools. No reduction in the large class sizes that are the largest in the State. No change in the overwhelming paperwork requirements used by Tweed for data mining and the wasting of over $150 million dollars by keeping ATRs out of the classroom, a continuation of the punitive and ideological Bloomberg/Klein policies. However, the worst aspect of Carmen Farina's Chancellorship was her failure to "clean house" both at the DOE and especially the large group (300) of "Leadership Academy principals" that she claimed shouldn't be running their schools.
Throughout the last few years many of these principals have found themselves in trouble but yet survived their sham or nonexistent DOE investigation to continue to run their schools into the ground. Here is a partial list of some of these principals who made the newspapers because of their questionable actions.
principals are happy with Carmen Farina as Chancellor? Under the disappointing Chancellor, its still a "double standard" and when that issue is added to her failure to remove the Tweed 300 from policy making positions, it shows that for the classroom teacher its DOE business as usual and that's bad.
update: Read the New York Post article on the admitted "double dipping" by Linda Hill and yes, the Chancellor still kept her on as Principal! Unbelievable!