Mayor Bloomberg Requests Waiver for Cathie Black

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg appoints Cathie Black, as Joel Klein steps down (Edward Reed/WNYC)

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.


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Comments [2]

Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

Folks, you haven't seen anything, yet. It's the blue bloods against the red bloods. So far, the red bloods are suffering from the blues. The idea of New York City being a melting pot (or rainbow coalition) is being destroyed by a blue plague. Let's keep the faith and not lay down to this incoherent display of love for the overall standard of living in New York City.

This episode of living in New York City gives further weight to the observation that money is the root of all evil, depending on how you look at it.

Nov. 18 2010 04:58 PM
Gerry Segal from Manhattan

In Education: Plus ça change, plus c'est la même chose

New York City just got a new Chancellor of Education who never taught a class.

I taught in the south Bronx 45 years ago. Same problems..­.different players. Nobody cares about the kids. This song I wrote in 1966 tells the whole story.

Nov. 18 2010 04:29 PM

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