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Saturday, February 1, 2020

Schools Chancellor Apologizes, But Parents' Say His Apology is "Too little Too Late"

Chancellor Richard Carranza and Mayor Bill De Blasio
It is indeed sad that NYC Chief Apologist, Chancellor Richard Carranza, seems to want to forget how improper his actions have been in the past couple of weeks - no, let me re-think this...since he took office.

Of course, Carranza had his assistants post the following article on the NYC Department of Education blog on January 30, 2020  just in time to invalidate his apology:

How the DOE is Creating Safe, Supportive Learning Spaces for All Our Students
In early January, The Morning Bell joined Chancellor Richard A. Carranza on a visit to Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance in Bedford-Stuyvesant to observe teacher Catherine Devine and her tenth graders engaged in a restorative circle. 

This activity looks just the way it sounds. Students sit in a circle and talk as a way to build relationships, respond to conflicts, and understand how their actions affect others. Creating safe spaces for students to express their feelings and solve problems together is an important way to keep them in the classroom and focused on learning.
Ms. Devine, a math teacher, began the exercise with a check-in. “How is your week going?” she asked, and responded that hers had been good, but busy.  
Not all of her students were quite as upbeat, with responses ranging from “good” to “bad,” to “very peaceful” and “very tiring.”
Following this exercise, the teacher passed around pieces of paper with some of the personal struggles that students had written down, and encouraged the group to try to resolve them together. One student described the stress she felt about all the violence in the world. Classmates suggested taking a break from the news, listening to music, or reaching out for help by talking to the school counselor.
These conversations were reminders that when students enter City schools every morning, teachers may not know what happened to them that day or the week before. Maybe a student’s father lost his job. Maybe a grandparent passed away. Maybe a child had an argument with a friend or simply didn’t get enough sleep.
These kinds of stressors can affect children mentally, emotionally, and academically. To succeed in school and in life, children need both social-emotional skills (for example, the ability to name, manage, and share their feelings) and access to restorative justice (practices that promote conflict resolution and minimize punishment).
School communities like Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance, and across the nation, have experienced the power of these practices. According to studies, students who have social-emotional skills display more understanding, have stronger relationships with their classmates, communicate better with their teachers, and show improved academic performance. And these skills follow them throughout their lives.
Thanks in part to our restorative justice efforts, New York City’s public schools are safer, and students are spending more time in the classroom. Suspensions have fallen roughly 39 percent in the past five years. Brooklyn Academy of Global Finance Principal Danielle Darbee, who began implementing restorative practices in the 2018–19 school year, noted a 63 percent decrease in suspensions over the previous school year. All her teachers now lead restorative circles.
Encouraged by these outcomes and the research, the DOE is expanding social-emotional learning and restorative justice practices citywide. So far, more than 240 elementary schools have participated in training on social-emotional learning through our partner, Sanford Harmony, and 500 middle-and high- schools are part of our ongoing restorative justice training and support.
These are not “soft” skills, notes Chancellor Carranza. Nor do they come at the expense of academics.” Instructional time is lost if students are suspended from school, or if they are not actively engaged in academic studies,” he says. “Learning opportunities are lost if students are worried about what happens outside of the classroom. And they are lost if the body is there, but the mind is not.”
Helping every student gain the social and emotional skills they need to stay focused at school is imperative for their learning, and for coping with life’s challenges that lie ahead.
From Betsy Combier:
Which story do you want to believe?

See previous posts:
NYC Wants the Chancellor Fired. Now.
NYC ALERT: Do Not Criticize Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza
Former NYC School Chancellors On Carranza Playing Race Card: ‘Put On Your Big Boy Pants’
Schools Chancellor Carranza Says He Has Been Victim Of Racist Remarks Due To His Policies
Carranza’s Failure -  The callous chancellor must go

Dear Chancellor Carranza: How is the Implementation of Your "Culturally Responsive-Sustaining Education" Policy Coming Along?

NYC Chancellor Richard Carranza and His "Toxic Whiteness" Social Justice

 NYC DOE Chancellor Carranza Rules With Hate

Betsy Combier,
Editor, NYC Rubber Room Reporter
Editor, New York Court Corruption
Editor, National Public Voice
Editor, NYC Public Voice
Editor, Inside 3020-a Teacher Trials

Richard Carranza finally apologizes to Queens parents after walkout

, NY POST, January 30, 2020

Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza finally apologized to a pair of Queens parents whose kids were recently assaulted on school grounds — following a two-week avalanche of criticism from parents, teachers and politicians.
“I in no way, shape or form want to show any disrespect to any parent that wants to be heard and I apologize,” Carranza said at a Wednesday night meeting of the Panel for Education Policy. “Because as a parent myself, I can only imagine the pain that parents are feeling when their children have been hurt.”
He also offered to meet with both parents personally, but added he did not want it to be a “public spectacle.”
Carranza walked out of a District 26 meeting in Queens on Jan. 17 after Katty Sterling, the mother of a girl who was beaten in a school cafeteria, and the father of a girl who was sexually assaulted in class demanded time to speak amid a chaotic and contentious gathering of more than 500 people.
But despite Carranza’s belated olive branch, both parents told The Post on Thursday that too much bad blood had already been spilled.
“It’s too little too late,” the father said. “I’m a forgiving person, but the way he handled this has just been unbelievable.”