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Fariña at summer learning event: Books are the answer to everything

Emolior Academy Principal Derick Spaulding, speaking with Chancellor Carmen Fariña, is among 1,000 city principals whose evaluations will be based on student growth score data, which the state sent to districts on Friday. (Photo: Geoff Decker)

Emolior Academy Principal Derick Spaulding, speaking with Chancellor Carmen Fariña, is among 1,000 city principals whose evaluations will be based on student growth score data, which the state sent to districts on Friday. (Photo: Geoff Decker)

Chancellor Carmen Fariña, back from a two-week vacation, is already thinking about her next book.

Last year, she had just begun a “bucket list” reading project—to read a biography of every American president, in order—and was in the middle of “a very thick book” about George Washington when she got a call from Bill de Blasio asking her to take over the school system.

“I’m really, really excited about re-retiring someday and finishing it all,” Fariña told students at an event at Barnes & Noble in Union Square on Wednesday. “Because to me, books are the answer to everything.”

Students from seven middle schools and three community-based centers were at the event with Fariña to celebrate the end of a reading pilot program called SummerSail, which aims to stem the “learning loss” that affects many students from low-income families when school is out. The implied goal: to make the students enjoy reading as much as Fariña does.

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