Dear Families:

I hope you had a terrific summer, and that you are as excited about the year ahead as I am. It is a delight to welcome you to the 2018–19 school year.

I was up before my alarm this morning, my mind racing with thoughts about all the incredible things we are going to do together this school year. This is my first full year as your Chancellor, and my focus this year is on the 1.1 million students here in New York City—and my promise to make our public school system the fairest and strongest in the nation.

To read the rest of the Chancellor’s welcome message to City families, visit the DOE’s “Welcome from the Chancellor” page.


We hope you have a great start to the new school year!


Posted by Richard A. Carranza

Chancellor of NYC Schools, lifelong educator. Former principal & bilingual teacher. Proud Mexican-American. Mariachi fan. Committed to Equity & Excellence for All.


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