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Longtime NYC educator Meisha Ross Porter to be first Black woman leading nation's largest public school district


New York City Schools Bronx Executive Superintendent Meisha Ross Porter is shown this still image, from New York Mayor Bill de Blasio's media availability, Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, in New York. New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza announced Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, he would step down, citing the coronavirus pandemic's personal toll on his family. He will be replaced by  Porter, who becomes the first Black woman to lead the nation's largest public school district.

NEW YORK – Richard Carranza, the current New York City’s Schools Chancellor announced his resignation Friday and said Meisha Ross Porter will be taking the role.

Porter will be will become the first Black woman to lead the nation’s largest school district. 

“This is the great privilege of my life at this moment,” Porter said in a press conference.

“She eats, drinks, sleeps and thinks at all times about New York and the children of New York,” Carranza said of his successor.

Porter takes the role after the schools’ reopening amid the COVID-19 pandemic has largely been heralded as a success. Randi Weingarten, president of the American Federation of Teachers, told NBC’s “Meet the Press” on Sunday that New York City schools have done a “pretty good job in terms of showing the way” for the rest of the country’s schools to reopen.


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