A Message from Chancellor Fariña

Dear Partners,

As you may have heard, I am planning to retire (again) in the coming months. As I begin to prepare to step down as Chancellor and Chair of the Fund for Public Schools, I want to thank you – the incredible partners who have made so many of our accomplishments possible – for your steadfast commitment to our 1.1 million children and their success. 

I am proud of what we have done working together:  

  • First and foremost, supporting the launch of Pre-K for All by investing in Create & Explore professional learning tracks that ensure quality in our classrooms;
  • Launching CS4All, a historic public-private partnership that will give our students the skills they need to succeed in the 21st century;
  • Supporting students at our 227 Community Schools through social emotional learning and students in temporary housing initiatives;
  • Supporting the highest-ever number of students taking and passing Advanced Placement exams;
  • Making record investments in the arts;
  • And of course, implementing a wide range of grants that collectively contributed to the City’s highest ever graduation, college enrollment, and college readiness rates; as well as improvements in state test scores.

It has been the greatest honor to serve as Chancellor and lead the Fund for Public Schools. 

In announcing my departure, Mayor de Blasio assured New Yorkers that he will look for a new Chancellor that will build on our Equity & Excellence for All vision for New York City’s public schools. 

In other words, the work continues. I know that our staff believes in what we are doing for New York City’s children, and is committed to continuing their work at the high level of efficiency and effectiveness that you have come to expect. I know that you, our partners and funders, believe in our students, and I look forward to our shared work ahead.  


Carmen Fariña
Chancellor, NYC Department of Education
Chair, Fund for Public Schools

Matt Darian