Mayor Invoice de Blasio passionately defended metropolis Faculties Chancellor Richard Carranza’s race agenda Monday evening, claiming a nine-member bipartisan coalition of metropolis and state pols “needs to be ashamed of themselves” for demanding Carranza be fired if his “contentious rhetoric” continues.
“The [elected officials] ought to’ve recognized higher, and that’s not the best way to deal with it,” de Blasio additionally advised NY1. “Richard Carranza shouldn’t be going wherever. He’s doing an ideal job.”
The mayor was referring to a scathing letter he obtained Saturday, signed by seven Metropolis Council members and two state assemblyman, ripping Carranza for instituting “divisive” school-system insurance policies primarily based on ethnicity.
The coalition additionally raised “deep concern” over a lawsuit by three white veteran Division of Training directors charging that Carranza has fostered a “hostile environment.” As first reported by The Publish, the plaintiffs, all ladies, declare they have been demoted or pushed apart for much less certified individuals of coloration.
“It’s irresponsible, and all the parents who signed that letter needs to be ashamed of themselves,” de Blasio mentioned.
Councilman Robert Holden (D-Queens), who authored the letter, mentioned “if caring for the training of practically 1.2 million [city public school] youngsters is irresponsible to the administration, then so be it.”