From NBC News NY:
The head of the nation's largest school district is stepping down, city government sources tell News 4 New York.
New York City Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña plans to announce her departure from the city Department of Education after four years on the job on Thursday, according to the sources.
Fariña, 74, will leave the post after four years overseeing the school system that educates more than 1 million students a year and implementing several of Mayor de Blasio's educational policies and campaign promises, including universal pre-K for city kids.
Her departure is not a surprise to City Hall: Fariña had planned on retiring to Florida in 2013 but was coaxed into taking on the role by the then-newly elected mayor. City government sources said the mayor's office is already conducting a nationwide search for Fariña's replacement.
I have no confidence that the search will lead to a decent Chancellor who would need to expose the mess New York City schools are.
Here are my rankings:
Fifth From the Bottom: Cathy Black-At least we had some laughs during her incompetent 95 days.
Fourth Worst: Harold O Levy-Clueless Harold started the management knows all model at the Board of Education in settling the 2002 UFT contract. I can't think of much positive he did.
Third Worst: DennisWalcott-A lightweight lackey of Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Really adept at closing schools and now runs away when someone from Jamaica High School asked him why he closed a perfectly viable school.
Runner-up Worst Chancellor: Carmen Farina-The only one of the five who was an educator and should have known better but she proved to be just another teacher bashing hack for city hall now under Bill de Blasio.
And the winner of the ICEBLOG Worst Chancellor of all time: Of course it's Joel Klein. Klein favored charter schools over the public schools he was in charge of. He had no idea how to run what was a partially functional public school system he inherited. By leaving alone schools that were getting good scores, he basically brought us academic apartheid as the middle class schools were free to do as they like but schools in poorer areas either were closed or most were forced to inflate grades and statistics to survive.
Klein was the architect along with Randi Weingarten of the disastrous 2005 contract that led to school closing mania. Klein is also responsible for the anti-seniority fair student funding system. He truly left a legacy of grade inflation, closing schools and generally hating teachers that still is the culture at what is now the Department of Education.