New York City doesn’t need a national search to find a new leader.

First, it needs a search committee that includes parents and experienced educators.

Second, it should recognize that out-of-town candidates will waste a year or two getting to know the system and whom to trust.

My advice: Look in our own backyard.

Two people who are eminently qualified to step in and take charge on day one: Dr. Betty Rosa and Dr. Kathleen Cashin.

They are now members of the the New York State Board of Regents. Both have been teachers, principals, and Superintendents. Both are well-grounded in the bigger picture of state and federal policies. Both have leadership qualities. Both have deep understanding of the needs of students and educators.

Neither is a showboat.

They check all the boxes.

Either would be a great chancellor.

Don’t waste any more time looking, Mr. Mayor.

Set up a search committee.

Those are my candidates.

If you open up the process, my hunch is that these two wonderful, experienced, eminent educators will be at the top of the rankings.

You can’t go wrong with either one.