Newly confirmed chancellor of the NYC Schools, Dennis Walcott said, "I'm your chancellor, plain and simple..." And "I am at your call. You pay my salary" Thursday. When asked about overcrowding at his alma mater, Francis Lewis High School, Chancellor Walcott responded, simply by creating "excellent schools" nearby.
Is he for real? How near by? Why not make Francis Lewis High School an "excellent" one either build a new high school or renovate the current building?
Walcott still defended the lay-off of 4, 667 teachers and supports ending "Last in First Out" policy for laying off teachers. The United Federation of Teachers in March sent a letter of cease and desist to the state when it discovered the NYC Department of Education involved in a petition drive to sign up parents to help them abolish the law.
He is qualified for the job compared to Cathie Black, but many in the educational community such as the Deny Waiver Coalition would not say as the panel that he was "exceptionally qualified," except to work for Mayor Michael Bloomberg who earlier called Walcott his "point person."