Rise & Shine: Chancellor Richard Carranza speaks up on peeling lead paint
Happy Friday, New York!
The results of the annual education department survey — the second-largest after the U.S. census, according to the city — are in. Teachers, parents, and students are mostly satisfied with the school system, and cited a desire for more extracurricular activities and lower class sizes, among other things. Nearly a third of teachers, however, say they “don’t know” if Chancellor Richard Carranza is going a good job.
Yesterday, the chancellor made his first public comments since the department revealed more than 900 classrooms tested positive for peeling lead paint. Carranza told a group of parent leaders that city children aren’t in danger, and suggested that the findings may be overstating the possible risks to students.
— Zipporah Osei, reporter
SURVEY SAYS The yearly education department survey found that city teachers, students, and parents have confidence in the city’s schools even as nearly a third of teachers say they aren’t sure about quality Chancellor Richard Carranza’s performance. Chalkbeat
LEAD PAINT Chancellor Richard Carranza addressed concerns about the department’s discovery of over 900 classrooms with peeling lead paint, saying, “the sky isn’t falling, our children are not in grave danger.” Chalkbeat
CHILDREN CROSSING Gov. Andrew Cuomo signed a law authorizing school districts to install stop-arm cameras on school buses to catch drivers who pass a stopped school bus. Amsterdam News
UNSAFE CONDITIONS The Department of Youth and Community Development whitewashed inspections of emergency shelters for homeless youths, potentially endangering the “safety and well-being” of those teens, according to a new report by the comptroller. New York Post
BUS SAFETY The education department is behind on a legal mandate to outfit every school bus with a GPS device by the first day of school. THE CITY