NYC Teachers Were Unhappy with Chancellor Carranza

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Richard Carranza Resigned

Former Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza’s dissatisfaction percentage rating among New York teachers rose amid the pandemic, results from NYC School Survey showed.

Among 52,822 NYC teachers, Carranza’s dissatisfaction rating was recorded 25 percent, up by eight percentage points from 17 percent in the preceding academic year. The satisfaction rating was only 49 percent, while 25 percent expressed uncertainty.

This information was disclosed in an analysis of a school survey in New York City and drawn relatively few responses due to the pandemic caused by the coronavirus disease (COVID-19). The NYC School Survey was conducted last spring for the academic year 2019-2020.

The same survey found 74 percent of families were satisfied. In comparison, 8 percent said they were not happy with Carranza’s management, denoting an increase of two percentage points compared to the rating in the academic year 2018-2019. Families that said they did not know whether they were satisfied or dissatisfied with Carranza’s performance recorded 18 percent.

“We know this has been a challenging year for our school communities, and many teachers completed this survey during the height of the pandemic,” City Department of Education spokesperson Sarah Casasnovas said. She attributed the increased dissatisfaction to the coronavirus crisis that disrupted the school system.

“Despite the circumstances, the vast majority of families surveyed were satisfied with former Chancellor Carranza, and 96 percent of families reported high levels of satisfaction with schools overall,” Casasnovas further noted.

At the end of February, Carranza announced his resignation as the city’s chief education officer. He further explained the loss of 11 family members and childhood friends to the pandemic and needed to be away to breathe.

However, a press release later confirmed that IXL Learning, a developer of one-to-one learning products for more than 12 million students, hired Carranza to lead global strategy and development.

“Richard will supply IXL with an abundance of wisdom gained from working at the highest levels of K-12 education and a boundless commitment to ensuring all students have access to world-class learning experiences,” the chief executive officer said.

It appears Carranza left the NYC Department of Education high and dry, much like he did to his previous DOE before accepting the New York position.

Paul Mishkin, CEO of IXL Learning, expressed confidence towards Carranza’s experience as the schools chancellor and excitement to “continue shaping the future of education with him.”

Carranza officially stepped down from the position of schools chancellor on March 15, ending his three years of service in reshaping the largest public school system in the nation.

“To all my colleagues at the Department of Education, it is incredibly hard to say goodbye to you, and in my culture, we don’t say goodbye, we say ‘hasta luego,’ until we see you again. It’s been my privilege to be your colleague,” Carranza said.

Meisha Ross Porter, former Bronx Executive Superintendent, took over Carranza’s position and made history for being the first black woman ever to lead the city’s education system.

“Be you. Lead with a heart that you have led in every one of the assignments that you have had in New York City,” were Carranza’s advice to his replacement.

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