Departed city Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza drew the lowest approval rating from city teachers since 2015 last year, newly released Department of Education data shows.
A full quarter of educators in the nation’s largest school system said they were “dissatisfied” with Carranza last year, according to long delayed DOE survey results that were released last week.
That’s up by 8 percentage points from the 2018-2019 academic year, when 17 percent indicated their dissatisfaction with Carranza.
Only 49 percent of teachers said they were “satisfied” with Carranza’s performance last year while 25 percent said they “didn’t know.”
“We know this has been a challenging year for our school communities, and many teachers completed this survey during the height of the pandemic,” said DOE spokesperson Sarah Casasnovas. “Despite the circumstances, the vast majority of families surveyed were satisfied with former Chancellor Carranza and ninety-six percent of families reported high levels of satisfaction with schools overall.”
In its summary of the surveys, which drew far fewer responses due to the coronavirus pandemic, the DOE asserted that parental opinion of Carranza remained largely flat last year.
Only 8 percent said they were “dissatisfied” with his stewardship — up two percentage points from the prior year. A total of 74 percent of parents were satisfied with his performance last year, according to the DOE.
Unlike other categories, the DOE does not provide school-level data for parental opinion on the chancellor’s performance.
The columns are instead filled out with “not available” notations.
Casasnovas explained that the category is only presented at a citywide level for “reflection” purposed.
“The data we do report at the school level is intended to help inform school quality and help schools identify areas for improvement,” the DOE said.
After a polarizing three-year tenure, Carranza abruptly exited the DOE in February.
He cited the lost of relatives and friends to COVID-19 and a need to heal as his reasons for leaving.