The leaders of the city’s local school boards are calling for a say in Mayor de Blasio’s selection of a new schools chancellor – but de Blasio isn’t cutting them in.
City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña announced her impending retirement in December and will leave the post before the end of the current school year.
City Hall is conducting a national search to hire a new boss for the nation’s largest school system but parents have had no say in the secret search, parent leaders say.
It’s the same secretive process de Blasio used in 2013 when he hired Fariña with no public input, they say.
“We, the elected and appointed members of the Citywide and Community Education Councils representing public school parents, urge you to select the next Chancellor through an open and inclusive process,” reads a letter to the mayor sent by the leadership of the city’s Education Councils on Jan. 13.
“We made a similar request to you in December 2013 prior to your selecting Chancellor Fariña and hope that you will have a different process this time around.”
On Tuesday, those parent leaders and others gathered on the steps of city hall to pressure de Blasio to engage in a public dialog with families about the selection of the new schools boss.
The schools chancellor serves at the pleasure of the mayor and historically the selection has been done in secret.
City officials won’t give any details on the search but possible frontrunners include state Board of Regents member Kathleen Cashin, former US Education Secretary John King and current city schools number two, Dorita Gibson.
“While parent and community input is an important part of our chancellor search, the decision is ultimately the Mayor’s, who is a proud parent of former NYC public school students,” said De Blasio spokeswoman Olivia Lapeyrolerie.