Friday, January 25, 2019
A New Chancellor But The Same Toxic Culture Exists At The DOE
Chancellor Richard Carranza is a distinct improvement over Carmen Farina. He seems not to target teachers and cares about the public schools. He also wants what's best for the students. However, just like Carmen Farina, Chancellor Carranza has failed to "clean house" at the DOE. Sure, he made a few changes like removing the terrible Director of the adult education program and the head of the pupil transportation office. Unfortunately, the DOE policymakers, appointed during the Bloomberg Administration are essentially in place and their "gotcha" mentally is as strong as ever.
Moreover, Chancellor Carranza has failed to eliminate school based fair student funding, fully fund the public schools, reduce class size, eliminate the DOE bloat, and resolve the ATR crisis. While our union leadership is having a love affair with the Chancellor, for teachers, the same old Bloomberg rules continue to apply at the schools, with incompetent administrators and a hostile work environment in the classroom.
While Chancellor Carranza is a friend to our union leadership, his DOE is still the enemy when it comes to the teachers.
I'm willing to wait to the summer and see if Chancellor Carranza can change the toxic culture at the DOE but I am not holding my breath.