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Black's College Transcript is Blacked-Out

Monday, November 22, 2010

The state education department released Cathie Black's transcript from Trinity College in Washington as part of her application to become New York City Schools Chancellor. But no grades were provided.

The transcript reveals that Black took biology, English, French, Italian, theology and philosophy courses while an undergraduate at the all-women's Trinity College (now co-ed and called Trinity Washington University). She also studied abroad in Rome through a program with Loyola University in Chicago. But because of federal privacy laws no grades were included, just credits. The section on the transcript for grades was redacted with a black marker or pen.

New York City Department of Education spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz was asked by WNYC whether Cathie Black would voluntarily release her grades.

"I'm declining to release her transcripts," Ravitz responded by email.

When asked why, Navitz repeated, "Because I'm declining to release them."

The New York Times recently obtained Chancellor Joel Klein's transcripts and wrote that he got high marks for the most part at Columbia College and Harvard Law School, but earned an A and two B's when he went to New York University's education school.

Black's application for the job of Chancellor was also sent to the state's education department, with redactions for privacy reasons.

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Comments [3]

Michael R. Bloomberg became a political fatality last night.

In a rebuke like no other in his short political career, Michael R. Bloomberg was given a rejection of his pick for NYC Schools Chancellor.

Avoiding both his “trusted” inner circle and the public, Bloomberg announced on November 9 that fellow billionaire Joel Klein would resign and be replaced by fellow billionaire Cathie Black. Although he was supposed to be doing an excellent job as Schools Chancellor, according to Bloomberg, Klein abruptly resigned. Why? The unprecedented grass-roots uproar against Cathie Black and Bloomberg’s secretive process began immediately and ended last evening with what will go down in history as the fatal political wound that ended Bloomberg’s political life.

How does it compare to the public’s 2005 rejection of Bloomberg’s Jets stadium proposal or his ill-fated presidential run or his 2009 near defeat at the hands of relative unknown Bill Thompson? Last night’s decision to reject Cathie Black was like a Nuclear Tsunami compared to an inconvenient fender bender.

Bloomberg cannot recover from this no matter how much money he spends. His friends in the media cannot save him, that was supposed to be Cathie Black. Unlike tainted Tylenol or out of control Toyotas, there is no new product to make. In politics, once you have proven yourself to be who you are, a dictator and self-serving power-monger, all the money in the world cannot restore you.

New York City was the winner last night. Yes, the city of the people, not the ultra-wealthy, endured. New York City, which Michael R. Bloomberg tried to own outright, remains free.

What does he do as he staggers and goes down? Will King Bloomberg now fire his top advisors? Will he try to have a real, lawful and public search for a Schools Chancellor? Will David M. Steiner be attacked? Will those who should have indicted him years ago now have the courage to indict or impeach Bloomberg? Who will now emerge as the front-runner the 2013 mayoral race? Is Christine Quinn, Bloomberg’s key ally for his third term, now political road kill?

Nov. 23 2010 11:29 PM
Bai Po

Hey, she's still more qualified then W ever was.

Nov. 23 2010 03:31 PM
Pizza Pizza from NYC

The mayor who wants accountability for the schools is refusing to be held accountable for this pick.

I'm redacting the grades because I feel like it is not a response from an administration that believes that they are there to work for the public, not the other way around.

Little Caesar has to be stopped. This is abhorrent.

Nov. 23 2010 05:13 AM

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