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Fariña eyes changes to principal eligibility

New regulations focus on more experience

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Posted: Thursday, February 27, 2014 10:30 am | Updated: 10:43 am, Tue Mar 4, 2014.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina unveiled new proposed principal regulations that would require more experience for potential principals and assistant principals at city schools.

According to the changes, candidates for principal and interim acting principal positions must have at least seven years of prior full-time teaching or related experience to be eligible for selection and appointment, which includes any teaching-related position contained in the collective bargaining agreement between the principals union and the city Department of Education. Assistant principals must have at least five years of similar experience.

Any potential candidates not meeting those requirements may be evaluated for admission to the candidate pool, but cannot apply for principal or assistant principal positions until they meet the criteria.

Waivers will be given at the discretion of the chancellor.

The changes will be put to a vote at the meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy — the city Department of Education’s policy-making arm — in Brooklyn on April 9.

The new rules represent a change in policy from the Bloomberg years, where many principals came in with little education experience, and was a change many education advocates sought in the new administration.

The regulation change is also partially in response to an issue at PS 106 in Far Rockaway, where the principal, Marcella Sills, was found to often be late or a no show at work while her students failed at high rates and the school lacked materials, such as up-to-date books.

The special commissioner of investigation suggested last week that Sills be sacked, which the DOE has done. According to multiple published reports, Sills plans on fighting the dismissal.

Fari–a spoke about the situation at a meeting of the Community Education Council for District 27 in Rockaway on Monday night.

Welcome to the discussion.