NYC Deputy Chancellor Rodriguez Retires

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Tuesday, April 17, 2012

After 34 years spent working in the city school system, Laura Rodriguez, the deputy chancellor for students with disabilities and English language learners, stepped down on Monday.

In a news release, the Department of Education announced that Ms. Rodriguez will be replaced by Corinne Rello-Anselmi as of July 1. Ms. Rello-Anselmi has worked with New York City schools for 33 years and oversees 324 schools as leader of 12 school support networks.

Angelica Infante, the executive director of the Office of English Language Learners, will be promoted to serve as a member of the chancellor’s cabinet and report to Ms. Rello-Anselmi, education department officials said. Ms. Infante will oversee a plan to add 125 new bilingual and dual-language programs in New York City.

Under Ms. Rodriguez’s leadership, the Education Department launched a citywide effort to educate more students with disabilities alongside the general student population. Programs for students with disabilities and English Language Learners serve hundreds of thousands of students in New York City: 14.3 percent of New York City’s student population is still learning English, while 16.2 percent have a disability that requires special attention in school. There are more than 176 languages spoken in the city’s public schools.

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