Outraged Teachers Apply for Jobs at Hearst

Tuesday, November 30, 2010


A day after Cathie Black received a waiver from the state education commissioner so she could take the top job in the New York City public school system, a small group of Green Party members responded by staging a protest at her old place of employment, Hearst Corporation headquarters in Midtown Manhattan. Five of them walked through the glass doors to apply for Black's job as chairwoman of the publishing giant. 

Gloria Mattera, a public school parent and former Green Party candidate for lieutenant governor said that she knew she went in without the necessary prerequisites for the job.

"You will see if you review my resume that I am absolutely unqualified to run a publishing company, which is exactly what Cathie Black is to run the NYC Public School system."

Also in the group was retired teacher Betty Davis. She said Bloomberg's pick of Cathie Black amounted to an outrageous double standard. Davis recalled how in the nineteen sixties it was difficult for African Americans to get hired for administrative positions at the city's public schools, because they were told they didn't have enough qualifications. "Now here we are and it's 2010, and they've changed the game again. They're saying we waive qualifications," Davis said.

Another retired public school teacher, Tom Siracuse, who is also the co-chair of the Manhattan Green Party, drew laughs when he told a crowd of reporters he was brushing up on the publishing business by reading a book, in preparation for doing Black's job.

Retired public school teacher Tom Siracuse is applying for Cathie Black's job at the Hearst Corporation.

The group of five protesters ended up getting stopped by the director of security at Hearst, with whom they left their resumes. Meanwhile, Black herself spent the morning touring a public school in the Bronx. She starts her new job as chancellor on January 3.


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Comments [4]

These protesters are absoutely brilliant!!! THANK YOU!!! This was a John Brown, Abbie Hoffman, Harriett Tubbman moment!!! Thank you!!

Dec. 01 2010 01:50 PM
Brenda from Manhattan

I do enjoy this protester. Something about this debacle rubs me the wrong way. It feels somewhat similar to spouses assuming they can do the job their partner does/did by virtue of their relationship.

Dec. 01 2010 01:46 PM
Chris from Westchester

Bottom line - this is a slap in the face to the millions of educators, educational administrators and educational professionals. Bloomberg is saying that not even ONE of those millions is good enough to do the job. Not even ONE!!

Dec. 01 2010 12:46 PM
Parent from NYC

I would like to thank protesters for their stand on this controversial appointment. Many people are upset about Black becoming a Chancellor.
A few show courage to express it so clearly as these honorable people. I hope NPR will find courage to analyze a self elect Mayor, his dealings and appointment of his friends. We live in the difficult times and struggle with joblessness, illness, to provide with our children. On the other side there are people like Bloomie senseless of the needs of our society. It is not all about the balance sheet in public service.

Dec. 01 2010 11:44 AM

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