New York City Department of Education
Meisha Porter

New York City schools chancellor begins first day on the job

March 15, 2021
Meisha Porter, a lifelong New Yorker, is the first Black woman to lead the nation's largest public school system.

Meisha Porter has begun her first day as chancellor of New York City schools, the nation's largest public school district.

CBS2 New York reports that Porter toured PS 15 in Red Hook, Brooklyn, Monday morning.

She was escorted to various classrooms by two students who showed her the reality of attending school in a pandemic – from where families pick up grab-and-go lunches, to a class where a teacher has to navigate in-person and virtual learning at the same time.

Porter's most immediate responsibilities include planning to reopen high schools next week. She’s also creating a strategy around how the district will provide summer school this year.

“This summer, we have to think about multiple groups of students and what they’ve experienced and what they need to build summer as a bridge back to opening in September,” Porter says.

Porter was named last month to replace Chancellor Richard Carranza, who resigned after serving in the job for about three years. She becomes the first Black woman to lead the New York City school system.

A lifelong New Yorker, Porter has worked as a teacher, principal and administrator in city schools. Before her promotion, she was serving as Bronx Executive Superintendent.

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About the Author

Mike Kennedy | Senior Editor

Mike Kennedy has been writing about education for American School & University since 1999. He also has reported on schools and other topics for The Chicago Tribune, The Kansas City Star, The Kansas City Times and City News Bureau of Chicago. He is a graduate of Michigan State University.

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