- Associated Press - Tuesday, October 21, 2014

NEW YORK (AP) - A staffing revamp at city schools has led to 15 of 42 school superintendents being replaced, officials with the Department of Education said Tuesday.

Schools Chancellor Carmen Farina had said in July that superintendents would need to reapply for their jobs and that new minimum requirements would be in place. Those requirements include having at least 10 years of experience in schools, including three as a principal.

“I want leaders at the helm who understand what it takes to ensure a supportive school community, and this is an exciting step forward to make sure our school system creates environments where all students and school staff will thrive,” Farina said.

Of 42 who reapplied, 27 held on to their positions. Seven resigned, two retired and two found other jobs with the Department of Education. Four will remain in the job through Dec. 31 unless they find other work at the agency.

Of the 15 new superintendents, the department said eight were hired this school year. Seven had been hired this past spring to fill vacancies but had to reapply for the positions as well.

An advocacy group that supports charter schools and has been critical of the department under Democratic Mayor Bill de Blasio, who appointed Farina, wasn’t impressed by what it called “superficial change.”

“Replacing 15 bureaucrats won’t save 143,000 kids trapped in failing schools,” said Jeremiah Kittredge, CEO of Families for Excellent Schools. “NYC’s school system is broken. We have an epidemic, decades-old education crisis that has kept hundreds of thousands of kids - generations - mired in failure and poverty. These children and their families deserve more than superficial change.”

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