Beth Fertig is the contributing editor for education, covering the New York City public school system for WNYC on air and online at SchoolBook.org. She has covered education in the city for more than 15 years. Beth is the author of Why cant u teach me 2 read? Three Students and a Mayor Put Our Schools to the Test (FSG Books) which grew out of a radio series on the low graduation rate for special education students. Follow her @bethfertig.
Klein Wants to Stay
Wednesday, September 09, 2009
Mayor Bloomberg has yet to win re-election to a third term. So it might be premature to ask his Chancellor, Joel Klein, if he intends to stay.
Still, we couldn't help asking the chancellor. He was kind of a captive audience. The city's education reporters and the chancellor were stuck in traffic together on an hour-long van ride from the Bronx to Manhattan, while touring schools on opening day. And the chancellor had spent a good part of the ride defending his progress reports, which awarded 97 percent of schools A's and B's.
So does he want to stay?
"This is the best job I've ever had. I love the work and I will continue to do it. I hope the mayor wins a third term and I hope I'm his chancellor."
As for guessing games, and speculation about whether the mayor would dump Klein if he does win a third term, the chancellor said, "This is New York and there are a lot of guessing games. All I know is I've served with the mayor now for seven years and I couldn't be prouder of the work we've done together and I want to continue doing the work."