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Weingarten on Black: Experience Matters

In town today to talk about labor's place in the economic recovery, AFT President Randi Weingarten -- and the former head of UFT in New York -- weighed in on the national legacy of Cathie Black's short tenure.

The national lesson is experience in education matters, and we have to stop this view of silver bullets and blame because what what was pushing some of these views that all you need is a charismatic leader who then will ride in on a horse and change everything. It just doesn't work that way.

Weingarten pointed to the trouble with Black's private sector roots, but was more measured than others -- like NYU education historian Diane Ravitch.

It doesn't mean that you can't never have a business leader as a chancellor, of course not. But there has to be a real understanding that experience and content really matters.