Department of Education Deputy Chancellor Elizabeth Rose, a Joel Klein holdover, has resigned.
This is from the NYPost:
Embattled top Department of Education administrator Elizabeth Rose has resigned, The Post has learned.
The veteran DOE official was reassigned last month amid a student transportation crisis that rocked the start of new chancellor Richard Carranza’s first full year at the helm.
Rose was moved from CEO of school operations to “senior contractors advisor for transportation.”
She will now leave the DOE entirely – and officials stressed Friday that she was not forced out.
“I’ve decided it is time to leave the DOE and to pursue new personal and professional opportunities,” Rose said in a statement.
The department said Rose finalized a new emergency bus contract proposal to be voted on later this month prior to her exit.
Rose had previously managed bus driver misconduct cases and came under fire for reversing firings and trimming suspensions.
The reaction on the Change the Stakes list serve says a great deal. Here are comments from parent activists Leonie Haimson and Lisa Donlan.
Cue up Queen:Another one Bites the Dust
My favorite Rose story- among many ridiculous moments of double speak and utter nonsense- was after one Capital Planning session in D1.
After listening to community members testify to the need for smaller glass sizes, gyms, adequate cafeterias, libraries and accessible buildings, Rose read back our list of demands to us.
We were pleased she had listened carefully and duly noted our needs, so we then asked how she and the SCA would begin to plan to address them.
Well, she replied, these are the Chancellor’s buildings and the Chancellor will decide what to do with them.
She was the perfect BloomKlein foot soldier, rising through the ranks of the bureaucracy to her Peter Principle under the current administration.
I like the new Chancellor more every day!
Lisa B. Donlan
Her letter to DOE colleagues below omits the countless school collocations she pushed through despite huge parent and community opposition, her failure to address school overcrowding honestly with accurate reporting & enrollment projections, or her view that neither class size nor school overcrowding mattered in terms of student learning, all reflecting thesame ideological biases that she carried over from the man who first appointed her —Joel Klein..
Moreover DOE faced multiple lawsuits & EPA decisions that forced them to speed up the removal of PCB lights which she fails to mention below. Not to mention the months of delay in accurately testing school water for lead & the confusing and even dishonest messages she put out about this. - Leonie
When I first joined the DOE in 2009, I never imagined that I would still be here nine years later. I can honestly say it is because I have loved the work we do, and loved serving our students and this City.
The last 9 years have been the most interesting, fulfilling, and exciting stage in my professional career. I have had the opportunity to see long-term projects from inception to completion: the building of new buildings, the first graduating classes of new schools I helped open, the removal and replacement of all PCB lighting fixtures, identifying gender-neutralbathrooms in all our schools, and expanding universal free lunch to all schools.
Other initiatives will continue, including significant reductions in suspensions and persistently dangerous schools, systematic improvements to accessibility and transparency of information about accessibility, major initiatives to expand and improve physical and health education, to build new gymnasiums, and upgrades to school cafeterias that increased both the number of students eating lunch and their enjoyment of their meal. Over the past three years alone, the PEP approved 174 proposals related to our schools and buildings, and we worked with CECs to approve 18 re-zonings.
None of these would have been possible without the incredible dedication and effort of all the talented people I have had the pleasure and privilege to work with, including those on my teams, those with whom we have collaborated in our shared commitment to improving learning conditions and outcomes for all our students, the parents and advocates I have met, and especially those who have mentored me along the way.
I have served under five Chancellors, and am proud of the work my teams and I have accomplished.
I have decided it is time to leave the DOE, both to spend additional time on some personal needs, and to figure out my next adventure.
New York is a big city, but a small world; I hope we will cross paths again. It has truly been an honor to serve with you.
Two out at Tweed. It's a start. I would like to see others reigned in at least.