NYC Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza is Stepping Down
The choice to resign is Carranza's, noting that he needs to take time to grieve the loss of 11 family members and friends to the pandemic.
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Carranza has made a number of efforts to make NYC schools more diverse throughout his three years as chancellor, including implementation of system-wide anti-bias training, championing de Blasio's plan to remove the SHSAT, opposing the city's Gifted and Talented tests, and suspending school screens.
Porter was a teacher and principal for 18 years and has been executive superintendent in the Bronx since 2018. She "has overseen the largest gains in graduation rates of any borough in that time, from 67.4 in 2018 to 73.0 – a 5.7 percentage point increase, as compared to a 2.8 point increase citywide. Postsecondary enrollment in the Bronx has also had a substantial increase under her tenure, with 54.9% of the 9th grade cohort for the Class of 2019 enrolling in college, a 1.2 increase from the Class of 2018," according to the DOE.
"This moment isn't about me, it's about the story of us and what we're going to do to move this system forward," said Porter. "I know with certainty, it's my duty and responsibility that I've carried with me my whole life to lean forward and lean in and see every student and create opportunities for them in every way that I possibly can."