Reaction to the appointment of Richard Carranza as New York City schools chancellor was a little slow to get started — likely a result of Mayor Bill de Blasio keeping news of the appointment under wraps until shortly before announcing it at City Hall. But once the city’s education insiders started weighing in, many expressed optimism. Critics of de Blasio’s education administration also expressed optimism — that Carranza would soon turn against the mayor.

Here’s the reaction that has rolled in so far. We’ll update as we see more.

From Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers:

Mr. Carranza has earned a reputation for collaboration with teachers, parents and school communities and has been a real champion of public schools. We are encouraged by his commitment to all children, his resistance to a “testing culture” and his support for the community schools approach.

From Jenny Sedlis, executive director of StudentsFirstNY:

We welcome Richard Carranza as NYC Schools Chancellor and hope he will show himself to be an independent leader who critically reviews Mayor de Blasio’s education policies and charts a new course. Carranza said he will ‘look under the hood’ and when he does, he’ll see that Mayor de Blasio’s inattention to K-12 school improvement and the achievement gap, his hostility to school choice and his failed turnaround programs mean that a change is needed.

Read the full article about optimism for chancellor Richard Carranza by Philissa Cramer at Chalkbeat.