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Garth Harries Garth Harries was appointed Superintendent of the New Haven Connecticut Public School system on July 22nd, 2013. Since 2009, he has been the Assistant Superintendent in New Haven, responsible for designing and implementing the nationally-recognized School Change reform strategy. School Change seeks to ensure meaningful and coherent learning experiences for all 21,000 students in New Haven Public Schools, enabling every student to be successful in college, career, and life. Major strategies include a portfolio of schools initiative, a talent initiative, and a community and parent initiative. The initial years of School Change have led to growth in standardized test scores at double the state average, an 8 percentage point increase in graduation rate, and substantial improvements in district and school climate. Prior to serving in New Haven, Garth was a senior executive with the New York City Department of Education. In New York, Garth led the creation of new school opportunities and choices, including 333 new district schools and 63 new charter schools. In his last role in the New York City Department of Education, Garth designed recommendations for the reform of special education. Prior to joining NYCDOE, Garth led engagement teams at McKinsey & Company, specializing in Financial Industries and Non-Profit Management. Garth began his career with a year of teaching. Garth has a J.D. with Distinction from Stanford Law School and a B.A. in Ethics, Politics, and Economics Summa Cum Laude from Yale University. On the weekends, Garth moves rocks on his wife's organic farm.