New York City schools chancellor details education initiatives

Tuesday, April 15, 2014

“We don’t need to cook up some secret sauce for success,” Ms. Fariña said, during a low-key 30-minute speech that was part of an annual academic festival at Columbia University’s Teachers College.

“Instead,” she said, “if we approach our work by recognizing that the answer lies within, we can tackle our challenges one student, one classroom, one school at a time.”

Ms. Fariña, a 40-year-veteran of the Education Department, dedicated much of her speech to a laundry list of practical, although sometimes vague initiatives: plans to bring more students into the city’s world-renowned museums and onto its college campuses; an expansion of summer programs for students in low-income families; and a restructuring of the grading system used to gauge a school’s success.

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