Carmen Fariña, Head of New York City Schools, Is Retiring

Carmen Fariña, Head of New York City Schools, Is Retiring

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The New York City schools chancellor Carmen Fariña, right, believed more in her own intuition and the experience of educators than in the data that drove many Bloomberg-era decisions. Carmen Fariña will retire from her position as New York City’s schools chancellor in the coming months, according to city officials familiar with the discussions. Her retirement is expected to be announced on Thursday.

Ms. Fariña has run the nation’s largest school system since Mayor Bill de Blasio took office four years ago. She inherited the Department of Education from the administration of Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg, which had shredded the traditional playbook for running the city’s schools. It redesigned how students applied to high school, gave more power to principals, closed struggling schools and opened hundreds of new ones.

Ms. Fariña’s tenure, by contrast, bears the marks of a steady march forward. Graduation rates and test scores have risen, and she […]

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