Tue. Jul 5th, 2022

New schools chancellor David Banks will ask all 46 of the city’s school inspectors to reapply for their jobs amid a leadership shake-up in the Department of Education, The Post has learned.

“This is big. It’s definitely happening. There’s definitely an upheaval on the way,” said a source who was briefed by Banks on his plan to review the job for all the superintendents overseeing the K-12. education and special education schools across the five boroughs.

“Kanzler Banks was adamant that he does this. I think it’s great!” said the source.

The Post reported Sunday that Banks has already replaced many of the top brass at the Department of Education’s Tweed headquarters with its own leadership team.

He is now looking at positions as superintendent and other administrators dealing more directly with schools, sources said.

Asked about the superintendents being asked to reapply for their positions, DOE spokesman Nathaniel Styer said: “Chancellor Banks’ vision of a new school system depends on having excellent leaders at all levels who focus on delivering to students and families.

“We will continue to build a leadership team that provides the streamlined and responsive support our students and educators deserve.”

If the past is prologue, banks will replace many of the superintendents.

Former Chancellor Carmen Farina, former mayor Bill de Blasio’s first principal, replaced 15 principals just months after taking office in 2014. Principals have withdrawn at least $ 180,000 a year.

Former Chancellor Carmina Farina had a similar shake-up at the beginning of her 2014 term.
Former Chancellor Carmen Farina had a similar upheaval at the beginning of her 2014 term.
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Banks learned how the country’s largest school system works from scratch before becoming Mayor Eric Adams’ appointed chancellor.

He is the former president and CEO of the Eagle Academy Foundation and the founding principal of The Eagle Academy for Young Men, the first school in a network of innovative public schools in the city that consists exclusively of boys.

The chancellor started his career as a school security officer and then as a teacher before becoming the founder of the Bronx School of Law.

“Chancellor Banks knows what it looks like to be a principal trying to navigate the bureaucracy,” said a source close to Banks.

According to a source, Banks "definitely" planning changes at the Ministry of Education.
According to a source, Banks is “definitely” planning changes in the Ministry of Education.
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Banks said he wants to push money from the administration into schools and is looking at eliminating positions considered unnecessary.

“I’m committed to drastic change,” Banks told The Post over the weekend. “The intention here is to save millions of dollars for the system, which is being pushed closer to the schools.

“I’m not here to reassure and make people feel comfortable. I came here at the urging of the mayor to bring real change, and it’s coming.”


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