When Richard Carranza became chancellor, one of his first major decisions was stop the closure of Wadleigh Secondary School for the Performing Arts, a struggling middle school in Harlem. And in a move that may hint at Carranza's approach to struggling schools, the education department revealed yesterday that Kyleema Norman, a former principal who works with low-performing schools in Brooklyn, will serve as interim principal of Wadleigh. On top of that, the schools art programs will be given more funding. But given the school’s history of failing to attract students and consistently low test scores, Norman faces an uphill battle.
Also yesterday, as part of Carranza's plan to restructure the Department of Education, the chancellor announced that he would be hiring Hydra Mendoza for the newly created role of deputy chancellor of community empowerment, partnerships and communications. Mendoza, former deputy chief of staff to San Francisco’s mayor, was also Carranza’s former colleague.