Walcott says goodbye, citing new choices and few regrets

October 17, 2013

Original article in Capital New York by Eliza Shapiro.

Reflecting on his tenure as New York City schools chancellor, Dennis Walcott said he had few regrets and was particularly proud of his record on expanding school choice, vocational education and parent involvement.

"This is a massive school system of over 1,800 schools," he said. "We've done a somewhat decent job."

Walcott has said he'll step down before the next mayoral administration, and with less than three months left in office, his goodbye tour has begun. 

He spoke on Wednesday evening before about 100 public school teachers at a panel hosted by Educators 4 Excellence, an advocacy group for public school teachers, at the Scholastic Corporation headquarters in SoHo, focusing on two of the most controversial issues of the last year: Common Core implementation and teacher evaluations.

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