Archive for April 27th, 2006

27th April

First Published in The New York Sun, April 27, 2006

By Andrew Wolf

The resignation of Carmen Fariña as deputy chancellor for teaching and learning comes as no surprise to city education insiders. Rumors have been swirling for weeks that she was leaving her post, having risen as far as she could in the Department of Education hierarchy. It has been clear in recent months that the direction of the department has drifted away from changes in pedagogy and more toward restructuring and new management techniques.

Those close to Ms. Fariña have suggested that she initially took the job with an understanding that Chancellor Joel Klein would be moving on during Mayor Bloomberg’s second term and that she would be able to end her long career in the city schools as chancellor. This, apparently, is not in the cards. Mr. Klein appears to be here for the duration, while Ms. Fariña is thought not to be a favorite of the mayor. Because she is comfortably beyond retirement age, she may make more in pension benefits than she would get in her job. (more…)