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Walcott Prepares for Transition to New Mayor

Thursday, August 29, 2013 - 05:19 PM

Chancellor Dennis Walcott, Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg (left) and Chief Academic Officer Shael Polakow-Suransky at a State Assembly Education Committee hearing on school closings. (Beth Fertig/WNYC)

Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott is paving the way for the next mayor by setting up a transition team. As the Daily News reports, Walcott said Thursday that he had appointed Senior Deputy Chancellor Marc Sternberg to head up the prep work.

“This not about the adults it’s about the students, and my responsibility is to make sure we have a smooth transition,” Walcott said, during a ribbon-cutting for P.S. 133's new building in Park Slope.

Walcott made clear that his last day will be December 31. That's a departure from 2002, after Mayor Michael Bloomberg took office. Former Chancellor Harold Levy stayed until Bloomberg selected Joel Klein as chancellor that summer.

The transition team is preparing a document of “priority issues” — as well as information on “day-to-day” operations including emergency preparedness.

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Comments [3]

Torrence Robinson

I look forward to a return of schools to the parents who ate the major stakeholders. A business model for our schools is questionable. One size does not fit all! Each district should know what works best for it's students. THe next chancellor needs to be credentialed as a scholarly educator with at minimum a doctorate degree in Education. Cronyism must be removed from headquarters and networks that don't pull their net worth of the taxpayers dollars. A system must be put in place that allows building leaders to effectively remove educators who are not preparing our children for a competitive and unforgiving world (towards the uneducated). Tis transition team is simply preparing a report of the state of our schools. If they couldn't fix things under the present chancellor, I sure hope that they ate not part of a new administration. I am eager to see people in place that respect parents and truly places the needs of children over adults....even the adults who are favored over others.

Sep. 05 2013 06:08 PM
Adele Leibowitz from Bklyn, NY

I hope the next mayor and schools chancellor try to repair what the Bloomberg Administration destroyed. Let educators make educational decisions. What has happened is as if a plumber trying to perform brain surgery. The present administration rauns the DOE like a business and never cared about educating our children. Veteran teachers were and are discarded like useless trash. I pray all will improve.

Aug. 30 2013 07:43 PM
Ronald Ferguson

Mark Sternberg and Sura sky are still around? They both should be dumped along with Walcott ASAP! They have destroyed this school system and make up crap as they go. Poor parents, they have no clue and no say. It's like Nazi Germany in the 5 boroughs. Prisoners that follow like sheep.

Aug. 30 2013 08:13 AM

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