Chancellor Carmen Farina told the news media that she would give herself a grade of "B+" for achievement and an "A+" for effort.. She pointed out her success in increasing the bogus graduation rate, the implementation of the pre-K program, and increased parent engagement. The Chancellor also claimed how she went to numerous schools and reached out to teachers. Moreover, she is pleased of the work she has done as Chancellor.
I for one maintain that her overall grade is a "D" for disappointing. Here is why.
- Carmen Farina retained 80% of the Bloomberg policymakers at the DOE and few of the destructive Bloomberg policies were changed. Fair student funding, 3020-a charges, and large class sizes continued to exist with the new Chancellor. Let's not forget Charlotte Danielson, recession era school budgets, and the ATR pool remained under her administration.
- She curried favor with our disconnected union leadership but treated veteran teachers with contempt. She stated that when she visited schools, she was looking to identify "bad teachers" and told principals how to start a paper trail to remove them.
- Chancellor Carmen Farina failed to remove the 400 principals she claimed should not be running their schools and allowed the DOE "double standard" to continue when disciplining principals.
- Her insistence that teachers be subject to 90 minutes of useless Professional Development and her failure to reduce paperwork hurt teacher morale.
- Carmen Farina's greatest failure is that she allowed the teachers of the system to look at the DOE as the enemy not as a partner when it came to education.