Chancellor Richard Carranza of NYC Schools Stepping Down
City officials revealed Friday that Polarizing Department of Education Chancellor Richard Carranza is suddenly stepping down effective March 15 after nearly three divisive years at the helm.
According to the DOE, he'll be replaced by new Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross-Porter.
Officials reported that after losing 11 family members to the coronavirus, Carranza does not have a new career lined up and is moving away from his job to regroup.
"It was my biggest pleasure to serve as Chancellor of the New York City Schools and I can't think of anybody who will be better than Meisha Porter to take the reins," Carranza said in a tweet.
Carranza pointedly elevated race as a focal point of his government from the start of his administration, a stance that attracted applause from some quarters but strong criticism from others.
In particular, the native of Arizona drew fierce resistance from Asian ethnic leaders that objected to integration measures that would decrease their numbers at top city schools significantly.
Early in his presidency, Carranza's inaugural uproar came after he retweeted a report about a group of Manhattan parents objecting to a policy change.
The posting read: "WATCH: Rich white Manhattan parents violently rail about a proposal to add more black children to their colleges."
For the rest of Carranza's tenure in New York, the tweet was a harbinger of things to come.
The vocal head of schools often argued at public hearings with parents and once unexpectedly left a tumultuous Queens gathering after a tense exchange over school safety with a relative.
On Friday, the DOE reported that Carranza established the largest education system in the nation and cited increases in graduation rates and other fundamental indicators as evidence.
But in order to generate enticing figures, opponents have long accused school authorities with diluting academic expectations, an argument that predates Carranza.
DOE officials praised Porter as a productive DOE veteran with experience at all stages of senior administration when announcing her nomination.
"As a lifelong New Yorker, a product of public schools in our community, and a career educator, serving as Chancellor is the pleasure of my lifetime," she said in a statement. "Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have laid an excellent groundwork for me, and I'm able to hit the ground running and deliver a complete recovery to New York City schools."
But her share of scandals has also been seen by Porter.
After having thrown herself a $45,000 bash to mark her elevation to a top spot, she raised eyebrows in 2019.