SFNY's Raysa Rodriguez: The UFT's Latest Big Distraction

NY Daily News // August 2, 2012

Teachers unions have a renewed interest in the Chancellor's District, an initiative that placed a group of struggling schools under the supervision of central office, and are saying the Education Department should bring it back.

In the NY Daily News, StudentsFirstNY's Raysa Rodriguez points out that there are certain negative effects of the chancellor's District that would be seen if it were brought back today:

By focusing on just a few dozen schools out of more than 1,300, the then-Board of Education sent a message to the rest of the system that mediocrity, or even failure, would be tolerated. And even within the Chancellor’s District schools, there was a notion that actions of the bureaucracy, not educators on the ground, would determine success or failure.