In a story in Huffington Post today, former NYC Deputy Chancellor Eric Nadelstern complained that New York City’s new Chancellor Carmen Farina has not spelled out exactly how she plans to raise the graduation rate or solve every other problem that the Bloomberg administration, in which Nadelstern served, left unsolved.

Farina’s appointment was also met with a mixture of concern, skepticism, and guarded hope by Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. Rees worried about de Blasio’s lack of enthusiasm for charter schools, but she took hope from the fact that Farina had worked for Joel Klein.

Rees said:

“It’s interesting that she was the pick given that supposedly she was aligned with [Bloomberg schools chief] Joel Klein for so long,” said Nina Rees, president of the National Alliance for Public Charter Schools. “She has a different approach to testing and accountability, but the fact that she was with the previous administration and had overseen a number of layoffs and substantial changes is a positive sign in terms of not completely abandoning some of the reforms the previous administration had in place.”

It is not clear why Rees thought that Farina had laid anyone off, since she was in charge of curriculum ad instruction, not human resources or budgets.

Rees worked in the office of Vice President Dick Cheney during the George W. Bush administration, and subsequently for Michael Milken before taking charge of the charter school operation.