New York City Schools Chancellor Vows to Keep Going Full Throttle

Tuesday, April 23, 2013

The leader of the world’s largest public education system says he’ll fight for change until his last day on the job.

Two years to the day after city Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott officially took over the Education Department, the “boy from Queens” promised to keep pushing the reforms that have defined the Bloomberg administration.

“We’re not taking our foot off the gas at all,” said Walcott, 61, in an interview with the Daily News at his offices at the Tweed Courthouse on Thursday. “We’re going to keep pushing.”

Walcott has just about eight months left in office. His last day on the job will almost certainly be Dec. 31, 2013, the day before the city’s next mayor takes office.

But he’s not thinking about taking it easy.

Between now and then, Walcott will oversee the opening of 78 new schools and the phaseout or closure of an undetermined number of struggling ones. He’ll implement the city’s first new teacher evaluation system in decades. And he’ll preside over a significant drop in test scores, thanks to much tougher state exams.

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