Incoming city schools chancellor Richard Carranza will be paid a record $345,000 a year by the city — over $100,000 more than outgoing Chancellor Carmen Farina.
The amped up salary for Carranza, who will come to New York from Houston’s school system, comes after the city had previously — and publicly — promised to pay Miami Schools Superintendent Alberto Carvalho $353,000 a year.
That’s much heftier than the salary for Farina, a New York City Department of Education veteran who implemented the mayor’s universal pre-K program at the bargain rate of $234,500. City officials, in defending the huge pay hike for Carvalho, were quick to note Farina also took home a $211,000 pension.
Like Carvalho, the city said Carranza’s salary was based on what he made at his last gig, running Houston’s school system.
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“The chancellor’s salary will be the same as his base pay in Houston,” de Blasio said.
That comes as the city has banned employers from asking job prospects their salary history — because basing someone’s pay on their last job’s salary can widen the gender gap.
Asked last week about offering to match Carvalho’s pay in the context of the salary history law, de Blasio bristled.
“He asked for a certain level of salary,” de Blasio said. “That was a perfectly fair request.”
The city isn’t barred from considering a salary history if the applicant brings it up, and both superintendents’ pay would be public record. But the administration sang a different tune about the use of salary histories back when de Blasio signed the bill.
“By removing questions about an applicant’s previous earnings, the law allows applicants who have been systemically underpaid, particularly women and people of color, to negotiate a salary based on their qualifications and earning potential rather than being measured by their previous salary,” Chirlane McCray, the mayor’s wife, said then.
While few other positions — in or out of city government — have seen a salary jump by $100,000 since 2014, de Blasio spokesman Eric Phillips had argued last week in defending Carvalho’s salary, before he dropped out, that conditions had changed and the city was simply “forced” to pay more than it did four years ago to find “the best person for more than 1.1 million kids and their families.”
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