New York's 1.1 million students have this week off, giving Richard A. Carranza , as of Monday the chancellor of the city's public schools, a chance to ease into running the country's largest school system. With 75,000 teachers and 1,800 schools, the job is a big leap for anyone. Mr. Carranza faces an additional set of challenges. He is new to New York and has never worked in the system, unlike his predecessor, Carmen Fariña, who spent 52 years in the city's schools. His new boss, Bill de Blasio, is a second-term mayor with likely ambitions for higher office and a reputation as a micromanager. At the news conference where his appointment was announced, Mr. Carranza declared that there was "no daylight" between himself and the mayor, which makes it hard to know how much he will set a new course for the school system or push on issues, like segregation, that the administration has soft-pedaled. Mr. Carranza comes to New York by way of Houston where he had a short stint as superintendent. Before that, he worked in San Francisco, Clark County, Nev., and Tucson, where he grew up. As he steps into his new position, here are some… Read full this story
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