Cathie Black is the Leader NYC Schools Need

Thursday, November 18, 2010 - 09:31 PM

The appointment of Cathleen Black as Schools Chancellor demonstrates that Mayor Bloomberg has listened to what parents and educators believe is needed in a leader of the city schools.  

In recent years, complaints about the Department of Education have focused on the need for better communication, more consultation, and greater sensitivity to how management and policy decisions affect the school community. When it comes to addressing these concerns, Cathie Black is an inspired choice for Chancellor. She is a first-rate manager who knows how to build consensus. She is a world class marketer, capable of understanding and meeting the needs of her customers. She knows how to develop and lead a team.

Randi Weingarten, leader of the AFT, often said that reforming New York’s school system is like turning a huge battle ship – an act that requires patience and a steady hand, along with teamwork and alignment of objectives among parents, teachers and administrators. People who know and have worked with Cathie over the course of her career believe that she is well suited to this task.

In the last eight years, many educational reforms have been introduced into our city school system. The next phase of progress does not call for a pedigree in education. It requires a leader who can bring together the diverse school community in order to translate reform ideas into the reality of great student achievement. Cathie Black is prepared to take everything she has learned during a very successful career in business and put it to work for the city’s schools. This is the kind of commitment that New Yorkers should celebrate.

Kathryn Wylde is President and CEO of the Partnership for New York City, a coalition of the city's top business executives. 


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Comments [5]

Phil from NYC

Before Bloomberg gets his way and has Black take the lead at the DOE. He should stop all administration hires within the schools! The amount of money flying out the doors of the city schools is a crime! Money given to schools for students with special needs is not spent on those students and is lining the pockets of the administration and staff. Yearly millions is lost and will do so as long as the DOE continues to hire under qualified administrators who are not teacher leaders, never been a teacher mentor, and continue to use a rating system that evaluates based on brown nosing and turning a blind eye to their crimes on our youth's education and our nation's future. There are schools with more administrators then needed. Not to mention the so called District Superintendents don't even have the authority to walk into schools to ensure they are functioning as a sound educational environment. Therefore forcing unions to become watchdogs of public education while families who value and support the educational process are forced to devote large amounts of cash on private institutions.  No wonder why charter schools are looking like a quick fix to the untrained eye. Maybe if the DOE hired administrators who had a basic technology understanding, were teacher leaders, or accredited mentors they would not waste millions on consultants. The money that is saves could be used to lower class sizes to allow for more personalized education as mandated by so many of our nation's and state's education standards. If our youth is educated then we will spend less on prisons and just maybe we'd have less need for the public housing some blogged about. Hey Bloomberg, hire educational leaders not so called administrators who hire friends or people they owe an I.O.U. Our communities deserve better. Our children deserve better Mike! Before you get rid of teachers who probably are just undertrained by piss poor professional development ran by overpaid unqualified principals. Do a full sweep of your schools and don't let one new hire until you have qualified educational leaders visit each school unannounced with S.M.A.R.T. goals. Hey, it's no surprise Black was hired. Seems like it is the DOE's practice to hire unqualified leadership forcing our communities to suffer! Until there is a public outcry for a change in our city's education system and they stop sweeping corrupt practices under the rug millions will be lost and the wheels of the bus will continue to spin! 

I hope some of you dirty souled New Yorkers are thankful you have a job and you are able to sleep well knowing your robbing our community to line your own bank accounts! 

I better get my resume ready! Because  sometimes the truth sets you free from a J.O.B.

Happy Thanksgiving All!

Nov. 20 2010 10:04 AM

Is this column sarcastic? Parents hated Klein and don't want another unqualified, miserable failure running the schools.

Nov. 20 2010 07:51 AM
Shino Tanikawa from New York City

World class marketer?? Exactly what will she be marketing? Capable of understanding and meeting the needs of customers? Who are the customers?? Our kids?? Customers have choices in a product. Most of our kids do not have choices in their schooling (don't forget, charter school admission is by lottery). No wonder Ms. Wylde is endorsing Ms. Black. Both seems to mistake our school system for a corporation.

Nov. 19 2010 08:50 PM

Two major constituencies in the "diverse school community"--ie, teachers and parents--have already been alienated by the process, by her ongoing refusal to speak, and by her background. Sorry, but she will have a lot of makeup work to do to get these people on board. She's alreadty a polarizing figure and she hasn't even begun. Bloomberg needs to start over and handle it better with his next candidate.

Nov. 19 2010 11:48 AM
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. 19 2010 10:06 AM

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