Chancellor To Recognize Teacher Excellence in NYC

Schools Chancellor Carmen FariñaSchools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced the fourth annual Big Apple Awards: Recognizing Teacher Excellence in New York City, overseen by the Department of Education in partnership with the Fund for Public Schools.  Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Growing Bookworms From Harlem To Hollis

nyc 365 booksBy NYC Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña

In one way or another, as loved ones and guardians, we have so much to offer that can inspire our children to love reading.  Some of my most treasured memories include listening to my father’s stories about his native country Spain. Continue Reading →

Harlem’s Levine And Coalition Expand Foreign Language Education

marl levine 2On Thursday, October 29, Harlem Council Member Mark Levine, Council Member Jumaane Williams, Public Advocate Letitia James, and a group of council members and state legislators joined a coalition of teachers, students and business leaders calling for a broad expansion of foreign language education programs in New York City.

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Doggy Dining Out With Fido Is OK In Harlem And NYC

DiningDog in harlemThe NY Post reports that dog lovers will now be able to dine out with their four-legged companions — Gov. Cuomo on Monday night signed a bill, over the objection of Mayor de Blasio, that allows pooches in outdoor areas of restaurants. Continue Reading →

Chancellor Fariña Aannounces NYC Offer Free SAT

Schools Chancellor Carmen FariñaChancellor Fariña today announced that New York City will offer the SAT exam free of charge to all students during the school day in the spring of their high school junior year, starting in the 2016-17 school year. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: Building Stronger Communities

hw17 girls in articleBy Carmen Fariña, Schools Chancellor

As Chancellor, I love talking to our students and parents at  community meetings, forums, town halls and even in the grocery store –and I hear the same message time and again: every parent wants to see their child graduate ready to conquer the world—and every child wants to follow their dreams and achieve. Continue Reading →

Mayor de Blasio And Chancellor Fariña Announce Improved Exams

Bill_de_Blasio_11-2-2013Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced that students have continued to improve in the third year of the Common Core-aligned State English and math exams in school from Harlem to Hollis, Queens. Continue Reading →

Op-Ed: The Bilingual Advantage

Schools Chancellor Carmen FariñaBy Carmen Fariña NYC Schools Chancellor

I grew up speaking Spanish with my parents, who fled their native Spain during its Civil War and settled in Brooklyn. I didn’t know any English when I started kindergarten and the teacher marked me absent for six weeks because I didn’t understand her mangled pronunciation of my last name. Continue Reading →

Mayor Bill And Chancellor Fariña Announce closure For The Lunar New Year

Bill_de_Blasio_11-2-2013New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña today announced that New York City will become the second major urban school district in the nation, after San Francisco, to close on Lunar New Year in the official school calendar. Continue Reading →