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Carranza’s nepotistic amore is par for the course for corrupt de Blasio regime

Former New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza hightailed it to Texas in March, to nobody’s regret save for schoolhouse scammers and their race-baiting buddies. But it turns out he left some unfinished business.

This was attended to last week with the resignation of Raquel Sosa, the one-time elementary-school principal Carranza hauled up from Houston in 2018 and installed as New York’s “senior director” of English-language learning, a $149,000 a year gig.

This apparently worked out well; 10 months later, Carranza elevated his protégée to the newly created position of “senior director for implementation” in the Department of Education’s “Office of Curriculum, Instruction and Professional Learning.” The new job came with a nice raise, to $156,000.

And this also seemed to work out well — really, really well — for the couple. As The Post’s stellar Susan Edelman reported over the weekend, Carranza ­recently booted his wife and moved in with Sosa, who has been working ­remotely in San Antonio, where the former schools boss works for a company that scored millions in DOE contracts during his New York tenure. Ain’t love grand?

Where to begin.

Well, there’s little evidence that classroom “learning” of any sort occurred during Sosa’s three-year tenure, despite her goofy titles. But that seems never to have been the job anyway.

Carranza himself is another story; he was running a grift from the beginning. That is, the teachers union pretended he was boss of the city’s $40-billion school system, in return for which he did his best to eradicate whatever remained of teacher accountability in Gotham.

Carranza previously gave Sosa a job as senior director of English-language learning with a salary of $149,000.
Carranza previously gave Sosa a job as senior director of English-language learning with a salary of $149,000.
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Really. If you think Carranza’s ceaseless blather about ditching achievement standards on behalf of justice and inclusion was really about justice and inclusion, ask yourself who wins when ­objectivity is deep-sixed in the name of racial “equity.”

Not the kids, 80 percent-plus of whom are black or Hispanic anyway. Not their parents. Not New York’s overburdened tax base. Not simple decency, nor respect for a great city’s intelligence. 

Nope, the only winner is the United Federation of Teachers, as always, because one can’t separate wheat from chaff if one can’t tell the difference between wheat and chaff — and because honest accountability begins with that difference.

And the slouch to mediocrity certainly has survived Carranza. Why else would his successor, Meisha Porter, be doing away with honors programs, and why else would New York’s world-class selective high schools be teetering on extinction?

Mayor de Blasio, who nominally runs the schools, is fine with it all, because he’s a union toady, too. And because if the price of having Carranza out front on the “equity” scam was a little nepotistic amore on the side, hey, it was only one more hustle among the many, right?

  • There was the preschool-cum-free-daycare scam, wherein the city gave the union and select nonprofits a multibillion-dollar cash bath in return for not much that’s obvious.
  • There was mayoral wife Chirlane McCray’s ThriveNYC scam — a billion-dollar boondoggle nominally meant to address mental health. Nonprofits got the cash, and New Yorkers got lethally dangerous subway platforms.
  • There were municipal welfare boss Steven Banks’ various homelessness initiatives — huge outlays to nonprofits accompanied by an explosion of addiction-driven vagrancy, street ­encampments, aggressive panhandling and building-shed homesteading.

By virtually every objective measure — crime stats in particular — New Yorkers are worse off than they were eight years ago. The pandemic was a heavy blow, to be sure, but the decline was well underway long before it struck.

And very little about that ­decline seems random. Whether it’s the teachers union looking after its particular interests, or Carranza tending to his own, the pattern has been consistent: The well-connected benefit; the poor and the powerless, not so much.

The de Blasio mayoralty was deeply, darkly cynical from the beginning, and now, with four months left, Kaiser Wilhelm seems to have his eye on Albany.

This should be a laugh and a half, of course, except that a state that elected Govs. Eliot Spitzer and Andrew Cuomo is capable of anything — so nothing can safely be ruled out.

As it is, Almost Mayor-elect Eric Adams will be jumping into a toxic swamp come New Year’s Day. Whether he is capable of navigating it, or is even inclined to try, will be Test One.

Meanwhile, here’s hoping Richard and Raquel live happily ever after – on their own dime, for a change. 

Twitter: @RLMac2 

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