The Department of Education says she “stepped down,” but longtime Upper West Side superintendent Ilene Altschul got pushed out because she’s white, sources told The Post.
“Carranza and his team targeted Ilene — among others — because she is white and Jewish,” said a veteran white DOE administrator who is close to Altschul.
“They wanted to replace her with one of their cronies, regardless of her work and commitment to advancing equity in her community.”
Altschul, the longtime leader of the District 3, which also includes Harlem, is the latest casualty of Carranza’s sweeping reorganization of the Department of Education.
In March, his new executive superintendent of Manhattan schools, Marisol Bradbury, came to see Altschul — and told her to start thinking about another position.
“What else do you see yourself doing?” Bradbury asked her, according to a source.
“I don’t see myself doing anything else,” she told Bradbury.
The question made her nervous, and she contacted the lawyer who reps three high-level female DOE administrators who have sued Carranza, alleging they were demoted and replaced because they are white.
Plans to remove and replace Altschul, who is white and Jewish, were put on hold after the lawsuit was filed.
The DOE announced Friday that Altschul “is leaving her post” and “will step down” to take a new DOE job.
Altschul will serve as executive director the “mulit-tiered system of support,” a new team of administrators who help determine what schools need to improve instruction, said DOE spokeswoman Danielle Filson.
Her salary remains the same, $177,249, Filson said.
Altschul did not return a call for comment Saturday.
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