The Brooklyn Chamber of Commerce hosted a newsmaker discussion event with Schools Chancellor Carmen Fariña last week.
"Brooklyn is my home and I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to speak to a group of thought leaders and business owners who are so dedicated to the city," said Fariña. "I urge everyone to make a commitment, small or large, and become involved in their local public school.
“I'm proud of the work we've done, but we have so much more to do to ensure an excellent and equitable education for all our children," she added.
At the event, Fariña touted the success of the city's universal pre-K program, which she noted has more than 70,000 students, and the necessity of dual language success. She told those in attendance that Brooklyn is the epicenter of the dual language movement and that will make students more productive assets to a company and the workforce.
Chamber President Carlo Scissura was thankful that the chamber was able to get Fariña to deliver the keynote speech at their newsmaker event.
“Chancellor Fariña's exceptional career in the DOE has positively impacted millions of students citywide," he said. "Under the chancellor's leadership, New York City's leaders of tomorrow have access to a top-notch education."
The event was held in conjunction with the NYU Tandon School of Engineering and the Downtown Brooklyn Partnership.
"Education is the panacea for society's issues, and at the NYU Tandon School of Engineering we have found no better partner in the advancement of STEM education for both New York City's teachers and students than Chancellor Fariña," said Sayar Lonial, director of Marketing and Communications for the school.