Rise & Shine: Speculation swirls around Chancellor Carmen Fariña’s future

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Almost since the day four years ago that Mayor Bill de Blasio asked longtime educator Carmen Fariña to come out of retirement and lead the New York City school system, rumors started to circulate that she wouldn't last his full term. Now, as de Blasio gets ready to start his second term, Fariña has given no public indication that she's leaving - yet that hasn't stopped speculation about who might replace her if she does decide to reenter retirement.

Read about the latest chancellor buzz below, along with a dispatch from Newark, New Jersey, where Chalkbeat will soon be setting up a full-time outpost.


- Patrick

RUMOR MILL As speculation continues to swirl around Chancellor Carmen Fariña and whether she’ll stay on for Mayor Bill de Blasio’s second term, the latest rumor is that the president of Queens College could be a candidate to replace her. City & State

MOBILE MUSIC After they’re placed in public spaces throughout the city for people to play and admire, dozens of brightly painted pianos will be retuned and donated to city schools. NY1

ALLEGED ASSAULT Police released a 16-year-old boy who had been arrested at Brooklyn’s Edward R. Murrow High School Monday after they determined that a younger student’s claims that he sexually assaulted her in school were unfounded. New York Daily News

NOTE FROM NEWARK Educators and parents in Newark say they aren’t surprised that a series of disruptive changes to their school system led to an initial drop in test scores, followed years later by a boost in English scores. Chalkbeat