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Chancellor Dennis Walcott's last day while schools in session

Art McFarland reports on Walcott's last day
December 20, 2013 2:51:39 PM PST
It's the end of an era in New York City, as Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott makes the rounds on his last day as the leader of the nation's largest public school system while classes are in session Friday.

Walcott spent nearly three years in the position after replacing controversial pick Cathie Black.

Reflecting on his time, Walcott said reforms under Mayor Michael Bloomberg changed the system for the better.

He cited the creation of a teacher evaluation system and opening the school bus system for competitive bidding as two of his key victories, as well as reopening schools after Superstorm Sandy. Though he sometimes clashed with the teachers union, Walcott said he considers his position "the best job in the world."

Walcott started his day by walking his grandsons to school at PS 36 in St. Albans, Queens. He will then visit Bard High School and his alma mater, Francis Lewis High School,

Those will be followed by visits to Queens Metropolitan High School and alma mater IS 192.

Mayor-elect Bill de Blasio has not yet named Walcott's successor.


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