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NYC schools head Carmen Farina greets staff, talks collaboration

January 6, 2014 Associated Press
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The new head of New York City’s schools is telling staffers she wants them to focus on communication, collaboration and on what’s working.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina spoke to Department of Education workers on Monday. The former teacher and principal described herself as a “general” and the employees as her “army.”

And she emphasized, “The kids of New York City are counting on us.”

New Mayor Bill de Blasio appointed Farina last week to lead the nation’s biggest public school system. It educates 1.1 million students.

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Farina told her staff it was the “best-working” system “in the country, bar none.”

She said she’d have regular sessions for staffers to be able to come and talk to her.

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