Dear Commons Community,
“With just days before he begins his term as New York City’s new mayor, Bill de Blasio (D) on Monday named longtime educator Carmen Fariña to lead the nation’s largest school system. The mayor-elect made the announcement at a press conference at Brooklyn’s William Alexander Middle School, where his two children attended.
The job gives Fariña, 70, a broad mandate to remake one of Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s signature sweeping changes to the city of New York.
Fariña, who met de Blasio early in his career, has long been the frontrunner for the job. A retired veteran educator, she most recently worked as deputy schools chancellor of New York City’s Department of Education under Bloomberg. In that capacity, she served as instructional chief, and she has been described as someone who connected teachers with Bloomberg’s technocrats and consultants.
Before that, Fariña taught in Brooklyn, worked as a principal in Manhattan and oversaw a group of schools as a regional superintendent. She was Chancellor Joel Klein’s No. 2, but would later come to criticize her boss’s policies.”
After leaving the NYC Department of Education, Ms. Farina was indeed a vocal critic of many of Joel Klein’s policies. A seasoned school teacher and administrator, she is an excellent choice and we wish her well!