Mayor Bloomberg Requests Waiver for Cathie Black

Saying the city schools demand a leader with a proven track record, Mayor Bloomberg has sent a letter to the state education commissioner asking that Hearst Magazines chairman Cathie Black be allowed to serve as chancellor. Black needs a waiver from rules requiring her to have educational experience, based on other exceptional qualifications.

In his six-page letter, Bloomberg mentions Black's commitment to innovation in launching new magazines, and her experience cutting costs and making tough personnel decisions. He also cited her extensive experience "in the art of negotiation and compromise" while heading the American Newspaper Publishers Association. The letter notes her connection to education as a Trustee of Notre Dame University.

Several state lawmakers and city council members have written letters asking the commissioner to deny Black's appointment because she doesn't have enough experience in education. She is supported, though, by several business leaders and three former mayors.