First Black woman chancellor appointed for NYC public schools

Meisha Porter, a New York City (NYC) public school graduate and 20-year veteran who has led at every level in the system, was appointed on Friday as the next chancellor of NYC public schools, the first Black woman to serve in the role, according to an official release.

After three years at the helm, Richard A. Carranza will begin transitioning out of the role of chancellor. Porter will begin as chancellor on March 15, it said.

“Today is a historic day for New York City schools. Meisha Porter is a homegrown New Yorker who knows what it takes to give every kid the high quality public school education they deserve,” Mayor Bill de Blasio was quoted as saying.

“Together we care going to build on the work that Richard Carranza has led in guiding the nation’s largest school system through the COVID-19 pandemic, promoting social and emotional learning, and making unprecedented gains for equity in our schools,” he added.

“As a lifelong New Yorker, a product of our city’s public schools, and a career educator, it is the honor of my lifetime to serve as chancellor,” said Porter.

“Mayor de Blasio and Chancellor Carranza have laid an incredible foundation for me and I am ready to hit the ground running and lead New York City schools to a full recovery,” she added.

Porter currently serves as Bronx Executive Superintendent, leading community school districts 7-12 and New Visions Affinity schools, covering the entire borough’s 361 schools and 235,448 students