Open Phones: New NYC School Chancelor

Friday, April 08, 2011

Pamela Wheaton, editor of Inside Schools, discusses Bloomberg's choice of Dennis Walcott for NYC schools chancellor.

Listeners: Call us up and tell us what you think of Mayor Bloomberg's pick. Or comment here!


Pamela Wheaton

Comments [16]

Edward from NJ

@Tim, Bremer had a chance to prove his incompetence by implementing horrible, horrible policies that set the war effort back years. I got the impression that Black was never actually "on the job".

Apr. 08 2011 10:46 AM

re: Bloomberg's Sarah Palin moment. It might actually be his "L. Paul Bremer" moment. Although LPB only had 2 weeks to catch up on Iraq. Ms. Black had 3. While it's tasteless to compare Iraq to NYC Education, I'm sure there are some teachers out there now that wouldn't disagree.

Apr. 08 2011 10:38 AM
Carl from online upstate, ny

Bloomberg, as a business leader, felt strong management skills can win the day, sort of like Louis Gerstner CEO at Nabisco (read cookies) transitioning to CEO of IBM. As mayor, Bloomberg missed the boat here. Public education policy and innovation is more about social engineering. Plus education's passionate constituency -- parents, teachers, students, unions, etc -- might even be too much for someone as experienced as CB..

Apr. 08 2011 10:37 AM
john from office

The issue here like in Newark, DC, etc, is race.

The Baron crowd is still unhappy with the new entry, even though he is black. But, he is the wrong black to the Baron crowd.

The real issue is who gets to play with the billion dollar buget.

Apr. 08 2011 10:35 AM
Crystal Anderssen from Manhattan

Re: Dennis Walcott
Dennis Walcott clearly possessed more experience with NYC public schools than Cathie Black? Why wasn't he appointed as Chancellor instead of Ms. Black at the onset of this transition? It is shameful that he was relegated to shepherding her through the system and acting as her interlocutor for the past three months. Especially in light of the woeful under-representation of qualified ethnic minorities in senior positions in Mayor Bloomberg's administration. This is a classic example of someone who has worked hard and deserves the position, not being hired and then being expected to provide on-the-job training to someone with little to no qualifications for that position. I hope that New Yorkers will speak out in the future against similar fiascoes. Our children and, ultimately, our city pays the price for such irresponsible behavior. Mayor Bloomberg should lose some sleep over this.

Apr. 08 2011 10:34 AM
Edward from NJ

I would love to see Geoffrey Canada as schools chancellor so that he'd have to really put his theories to the test. It's one thing to help a relatively small community of students. It's another thing to make a whole city school system work.

Apr. 08 2011 10:33 AM
Robert from NYC

I think you're the only one who got the "warm and fuzzy" feeling about her, Brian!

Apr. 08 2011 10:32 AM
carla from Chelsea

Sadly, Mayor Bloomberg did not realize how important it is to have an open process for choosing a chancellor. Every other job at the Department of Education has to be posted and requires an application process. Shouldn't this be the same for the chancellor?

No chance Jeffrey Canada would be interested in being chancellor. It doesn't pay enough.

Apr. 08 2011 10:30 AM
Billy Neumann from Rutherford, NJ

This was Bloomberg's "Sarah Palin" moment. He should be thankful that he is not up for reelection... or is his?

Apr. 08 2011 10:30 AM
Robert from NYC

This mayor has not learned his lesson.

Apr. 08 2011 10:28 AM

Drop the "image" question. Education is about teaching & learning. Get rid of the regents tests (is New York still the only state that has them?), move away from standardized testing, restore art programs, listen to the kids, parents & teachers.

Apr. 08 2011 10:26 AM
Robert from NYC

Look, Black was a mistake from the beginning and it was so obvious then and this outcome was inevitable. The mayor failed again.

Apr. 08 2011 10:26 AM

Perhaps the mayor can appoint black to head a task force to save the failing publishing industry from decades of visionless strategies and incompetent financial plannin... Oh. Skip that

Apr. 08 2011 10:26 AM
Edward from NJ

While his resume sounds great, Dennis Walcott will bring absolutely nothing new to running the schools. I presume that if he had any terrific ideas, he would have had them implemented years ago as the Deputy Mayor for Education.

Apr. 08 2011 10:25 AM

is this bad for women?

Apr. 08 2011 10:25 AM
Truth & Beauty from Brooklyn

I think the whole Cathie Black situation is shameful.

Did Mr. Bloomberg develop a successful business by hiring cronies or the best and most qualified people? And why would that not apply to government positions as well?

Let's hope Mr. Walcott is more experienced, educated and better prepared to do this job.

Apr. 08 2011 10:24 AM

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