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 →