Two days after the city announced that it would be closing school buildings for the indeterminate future, a community education council in northeast Queens voted that it had lost faith in the school system’s top administrator.
CEC District 26 made a vote of no confidence for Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza last Friday. The advisory council is not the first to do so.
So far at least two other CECs in Queens have made similar votes, both predating the recent closures, according to CEC 24 President Phil Wong. CEC 25, stretching up through Flushing and College Point, made the vote on Nov. 12 and CEC 24, extending through Ridgewood, Maspeth and Middle Village, made the vote Oct. 15.
CEC 26 argued that under the pandemic the city’s public school system has not been able to maintain a requisite quality of instruction. The school system lacks “appropriate curriculum to ensure that no student will have to repeat a year of academic instruction,” the resolution reads.
It also contends that educators and both working and non-English speaking families are being left without necessary support during the pandemic.
CEC 25’s resolution, passed a week earlier, followed along similar lines with the addition that Carranza had been inconsistent in his guidance about when parents would be able to opt in to in-person enrollment and has not followed through on his promise to open 100,000 Learning Bridges slots citywide.
CEC 24, which passed its resolution shortly after the school systems delayed reopening, argued that Carranza had provided inadequate and inconsistent guidance throughout the pandemic, and had failed to deliver the number of requisite electronic devices to make remote learning successful, among other criticisms.
The CECs all took their votes of no confidence after the Council of School Supervisors and Administrators passed a similar resolution in the lead-up to schools reopening in September.