Superintendent, Division 3
New Jurisdiction: Current Districts 25, 26, 28 and 29, which include all the neighborhoods east of and including College Point, Flushing, Forest Hills and Richmond Hill. The division has 135 schools and almost 130,000 students.
Supervising Superintendent for DOE Center for Recruitment and Professional
A classroom teacher who later served as the principal of three schools in
Manhattan’s District 2.
She was also the executive director of the DOE’s Division of
Instructional Support for four years.
Ties, Other: Chin,
a Little Neck (District 26) resident, said her three children have gone to
public schools in District 26.
Two of them are currently teachers in Districts 24 and 25, she said,
and she has a second-grader in District 26.
“Being a Queens resident I have a vested interest in making sure
that these programs work,” Chin said of the DOE’s sweeping new changes.
new division includes some of the highest and lowest performing schools in
the borough. She
said it will be her biggest challenge.
also said that she doesn’t expect there to be a mass migration of students
from Districts 28 and 29, which have many underperforming schools, to her
other two districts, which have seats open to receive transfer students
under the new No Child Left Behind Act.
what I understand,” Chin said, “parents want to remain in their
really my job to improve the schools.”
Superintendent, Division 4
New Jurisdiction: Current Districts 24 and 30, which include all the neighborhoods west of and including Corona, Elmhurst, Middle Village and Glendale. Division 4 also includes Brooklyn’s District 32. The division has 96 schools and over 107,000 students.
Superintendent for BASIS, the Brooklyn and Staten Island High Schools
20 years as a teacher and assistant principal in the Bronx before becoming
principal of Brooklyn’s Canarsie High School.
Ties, Other: Irizarry
said he lives in Fresh Meadows.
He said his two daughters went to District 26 schools and graduated
from two borough high schools – Flushing’s Townsend Harris and
Bayside’s Benjamin Cardozo.
His daughter from Cardozo is currently a teacher in Southeast
Queens’ District 29, though he wouldn’t name the school.
said his biggest challenge will be “to continue to find good leadership
for the schools, to find good instructors” and to manage his division’s
overcrowding and future budget cuts.
is interviewing candidates right now for his 10 “instructional
supervisors,” and said that his main priorities once starting his new job
will be professional development and doing a division-wide assessment of
academic performance in his district.
think we need to rather than start from the beginning, as if there’s
nothing there, build on the strengths of what [already is].”
Superintendent, Division 5
New Jurisdiction: Current District 27, which includes Ozone Park, South Ozone Park, Richmond Hill, Howard Beach and all of the Rockaways. Division 5 also includes Brooklyn’s Districts 19 and 23. The division has 101 schools and over 91,000 students.
Superintendent for District 23
Principal of Brooklyn’s P.S. 193 for 16 years.
Was a teacher before then.
Cashin, who lives in Bay Ridge and worked in Brooklyn school districts her
whole life, doesn’t have any direct Queens ties.
she may soon. While
the DOE couldn’t officially confirm this by presstime, a DOE administrator
currently working in Cashin’s district said that Division 5’s main
office, called a “Learning Support Center,” will be on Queens’
has been spending the last few weeks meeting with staff and parents from all
three of her districts, she said, including a March 3 meeting in a Brooklyn
school that brought all 101 of her new principals together in one room.
don’t see challenges from the vantage point of having districts in
different boroughs,” Cashin said.
“The challenge for me is to get the best possible staff and to
build a community of people with good relationships.”
said she’d like to run regular public meetings in each of her districts to
meet with the community.
Her next public appearance in Queens is a March 13 meeting at 7 p.m.
at South Ozone Park’s J.H.S. 226. The meeting, organized by Assemblywoman
Michele Titus, will address the education of children who live in homeless
parents of about 282,000 students throughout the City—including those in
48 Queens schools—started to get letters from the Department of Education
this week telling them not only that their children are in underperforming
schools, but that the federal government says they have the right to
transfer to better ones, too.
new privilege isn’t that new—the DOE said it has already gotten 3,500
requests for transfers since the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which is
mandating the school choice, was signed into law this January.
with this week’s letter campaign, entire school districts are about to
wake up to a whole new world of possibilities for its students.
More About School Choice
parents will have three options under the new school choice laws.
They can keep their students in their underperforming schools, a
designation made by the State Education Department based on low standardized
can also keep their children in the underperforming schools and request
federally funded “supplemental services,” which include after-school
tutoring by providers from outside the schools, like the community school
districts or independent agencies like the Queens Child Guidance Center or
most controversial option is that of transferring.
Parents have the right to request that their kids go to better
DOE said that if parents choose that option, they will be given a choice of
schools that have seats open for their children.
the U.S. Department of Education sees all of New York City as a single local
school district, choices for transfers could span across the city.
The City DOE has said, though, that it will determine transfer
choices based on distance to the home.
parents receive their options for transfers, they will have the right to
either pick one of the schools offered by the DOE or keep their children in
their existing schools.
How Will Queens Be Affected?
from the following Queens schools have the legal right to transfer to
better-performing schools under the NCLB Act’s school choice guidelines.
The schools are those identified by the New York State Education
Department as “In Need of Improvement,” meaning that most of the
students are not passing standardized exams:
from the following schools may transfer to others under federal law:
P.S. 40 Samuel Huntington School
School District 24
I.S. 5 Walter H. Crowley School
I.S. 61 Leonardo da Vinci Intermediate School
I.S. 93 Ridgewood Intermediate School
I.S. 125 Woodside Intermediate School
P.S. 89 Elmhurst School
P.S. 199 M.A. Fitzgerald School
School District 25
P.S. 201 Kissena School
Community School District 27
M.S. 198 Benjamin Cardozo
P.S. 42 R. Vernam School
P.S. 45 Clarence E. Witherspoon School
P.S. 183 Beach Park School
P.S. 197 Ocean School
P.S. 225 Seaside School
School District 28
J.H.S. 217 R.A. Van Wyck J.H.S.
M.S. 72 Catherine & Count Basie Middle School
P.S. 140 Edward Ellington School
School District 29
I.S.192 Renaissance School
I.S. 238 Susan B. Anthony School
P.S. 34 John Harvard School
P.S. 37 Springfield School
P.S. 116 William C. Hughley School
P.S. 134 Hollis School
P.S. 136 Roy Wilkins School
P.S. 147 Ronald McNair School
School District 30
I.S. 10 H. Greeley School
I.S. 126 Astoria Intermediate School
I.S. 141 Steinway School
I.S. 145 J. Pulitzer Intermediate School
High School District Office
Arts and Business High School
Far Rockaway High School
Franklin K. Lane High School
Humanities and The Arts Magnet High School