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A chancellor’s challenge: In Daily News forums, Carmen Fariña displays experience and knowledge galore, but her plans may not be bold enough to answer parents' urgent need for better schools

A chancellor’s challenge: In Daily News forums, Carmen Fariña displays experience and knowledge galore, but her plans may not be bold enough to answer parents' urgent need for better schools

Publication Date: 
Sunday, May 31, 2015

Jessica Franco Ramos of Bushwick has a daughter who’s excelling at a public charter school — and a younger brother struggling at a traditional district school. Derrick Calder, of the South Bronx, pulled his daughter Jodie out of a public school, IS 318, where fights filled the halls and bullying was rampant. In a Catholic school, she found refuge at a cost of $4,000 a year. Celia Velasquez, a Bronx grandmother, was thrilled to discover that her grandson aced the gifted and talented test — earning admission, at least in theory, to a local program that would challenge him. But District 7, the city’s lowest-performing district, has none. She sends the young boy to a school 40 minutes away.

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