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Bill de Blasio appointing Carmen Farina as Schools Chancellor at MS 51 in Brooklyn, with Ursula Ramirez (right) as her chief of staff
Beth Fertig, contributing editor for education at WNYC and Schoolbook.org, talks about the appointment of Carmen Fariña as De Blasio's schools chancellor, and takes calls from parents and teachers.
A $24,000,000,000.00 (24 billion) budget with crap results. At a cost of $20,000.00 per student, shouldn't the results be better? I feel sorry for anyone with school age children in NYC.
Terrible choice, clearly a caretaker at best til the Blaze finds a more contemporary person. Let's see if Grandma has the stamina to keep up with the stress of the job. I doubt she'll outlast Cathie Black's 3-month tenure.
The new chancellor sounds as if she has a good head on her shoulders. The nation's ten year experiment with NCLB - aka high stakes testing - has given us a generation of kids who really don't know how to think through a problem to a new and creative solution. If the answer is NOT one of the four choices, they really don't have the skills to create something logical, new and on-point.
If the solutions to today's problems were 'one of the above', don't you think we'd have solved them by now?
They've actually been cutting *science* to concentrate more on math & English for the standardized tests? Not that I don't think arts & phys ed aren't important too, but cutting science is so obviously shortsighted that it actually surprises me.
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