New York City's Department of Education connection to public school parents is leaving her post in September, after 13 months on the job.
In a statement Tuesday, New York City Schools Chancellor Dennis Walcott announced that Jesse Mojica will replace Ojeda Hall as the Executive Director for Family and Community Engagement. The position aims to involve parents in schools and in the system's education policy, as Hall will oversee the Office of Family Information and Action and serve as a liaison to the Panel for Educational Policy.
Hall's tenure was speckled with thwarted and questionable efforts. She was scrutinized for not being a parent, and later for her staff's push to draft parents collaborators who would reflect positively on her office's policies, according to The New York Times. Her office was also criticized for attempting to involve other city employees in the political push to end seniority rules in teacher layoffs, the New York Daily News reports.
Walcott's praise of Hall was limited in Tuesday's statement, noting his "tremendous respect" for her work.
“When I took the job as Chancellor, I made it clear that one of my priorities was to change the tone of the conversation and do a better job bringing families into the educational process,” Walcott said in the statement. "I think it's important that we have a voice at the decision-making table whose primary focus is supporting our families."
This spring's election for parent leaders also showed a record low turnout of 2,876 parents voting, versus 25,002 in 2009, according to the Daily News. The New York Post reports that the elections cost the city more than $650,000, were delayed several weeks, and had to be reconducted twice.
Mojica most recently spent five years as Director of Education Policy and Youth Services in the Office of the Bronx Borough President. For two years prior, Mojica was Bronx representative to the Panel for Education Policy.
Mojica is also seeing a raise over Hall, up $23,000 to $138,000 a year, according to the Daily News.