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Who are the "great people"? I saw Carmen in action at PS 6. We define words differently....I put the health, safety, and welfare of the children first and I mean it.
Network staffers jumping ship ahead of Fariña’s system overhaul
by Patrick Wall, Chalkbeat, January 16, 2015
The school-support networks created during the Bloomberg era are shedding leaders and staffers ahead of an overhaul of the city’s school governance system, which Chancellor Carmen Fariña will announce next week, according to multiple sources.
The is widely expected to diminish or dismantle the and restore authority to district superintendents, who were weakened under Bloomberg.
Several current network leaders have already taken new
“A bunch of my colleagues have applied, gotten
The system of nearly 60 , which span multiple boroughs and usually support about 25 schools, has earned mixed reviews over the years.
Principals who favor the system that it separates support from supervision, allowing school leaders to share problems with their networks without fear of reprisal. Their ability to choose which network to join, they say, lets them collaborate with like-minded colleagues outside their geographic districts.
But critics call the structure inefficient and impractical, leaving low-performing schools with too little oversight and parents without local officials to turn to. They point out that network leaders cannot compel the leaders of struggling schools to make changes and say that the quality of the different networks vary widely.
At a meeting Wednesday, United Federation of Teachers President Michael Mulgrew told the teachers to expect an announcement about a new school-governance system the following week, according to attendees. He also criticized the networks, which he has for focusing on schools’ compliance with city rules than instruction.