|Carmen Farina and the "beautiful day" blizzard|
I'd like to add another memory that some might miss in my articles. When School Leadership Teams first started in NYC schools, I had the lucky break to be a PTA President (Booker T. Washington MS 54) and on the Executive Board of PS 6, and I was able to compare the SLT rules and regulations with Carmen Farina's PS 6 version. Carmen told us at PS 6 that she would NEVER collaborate with the parents and teachers, never. Her PS 6 SLT was made of 4 people, who were basically told what to do.
I reported Mrs. Farina to the DOE for doing this.
She was told by Jamal Young at the Office of Parent Engagement to change her SLT to comply with the rules.
Here is my report (in the article titled "Carmen Farina: Politics Wins with Her Appointment as Deputy Chancellor In New York City"(2004)):
"For the past three years The E-Accountability Foundation has interviewed parents and teachers at PS 6, in District 15 (Brooklyn), and from region 8, where Mrs. Farina was Regional Superintendent before being appointed Acting Deputy Chancellor of the NYC DOE in February, 2004, and then made Deputy Chancellor in May. Her disdain for parents - aside from those who she brings into her closed circle of friends - is legendary, and her School Leadership Team Bylaws at PS 6 violate almost every clause in the "Green Book" on SLT Regulations. She was reprimanded by the Director of the Parent Advocacy and Engagement Office, Jamal Young, in a May 2001 letter to me, sent to Carmen, Superintendent Shelley Harwayne, and several other people. Nothing was done about the Bylaws or the SLT at PS 6, but Jamal's aunt Birdie Blake-Reid was found guilty of improper payments of public funds to employees, and fined by the Conflict of Interest Board soon after.
Mrs. Farina is a Master at threatening retaliation for any deed that she does not support, and she follows up her threats quickly and forcibly."
Before Bill De Blasio became Mayor, I sent him all of the articles I had written about Carmen, and suggested that he appoint someone without the baggage she has. He did not listen.
Another question that should be asked, is: " Does Carmen get to collect her full pension now that she has stepped out of retirement to become the Chancellor?
The more you know......
Editor, NYC Rubber Room Reporter
President, Theater Kids/Advocatz
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Monday, May 26, 2014
Chancellor Carmen Farina Is Part Of The Problem And Not The Solution.
Its very interestingly how the leadership of our union and the new Chancellor appears to get along with each other which was not the case under the Bloomberg administration. Its no wonder that UFT President Michael Mulgrew bellowed that there's a new tone at the DOE. Yeah right, and I have a bridge in Brooklyn to sell you. Unfortunately, when it comes to real change for the teachers in the trenches, its still the same old song.
First, a little history. The new Chancellor, Carmen Farina, was a very important part of the Joel Klein's inner circle as a Deputy Chancellor and only retired when she saw much of her authority taken away and given to a subordinate, Eric Nadelstern. Encouraged to come out of
Presently, Chancellor Carmen Farina has continued her pro principal agenda by not imposing a
When compared to the Chancellor's of the Bloomberg Era, she may cooperate with the union leadership but when it comes to the classroom teachers she still practicing many of the destructive Bloomberg Era policies and its still"education on the cheap" under her tenure. Chancellor Carmen Farina is still part of the problem and not a solution.