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Cathie Black Emails Reveal City Hall's Damage Control

Friday, May 03, 2013

WNYC

Emails between City Hall and Cathie Black, who Mayor Bloomberg nominated to replace Joel Klein as schools chancellor, show a mad scramble to rally celebrities to support the embattled nominee. A court ruling on Thursday forced the administration to release the emails to the public.

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WNYC News

NYC to Appeal Release of Ex-Chancellor Emails

Wednesday, December 07, 2011

Lawyers for New York City say they will appeal a judge's decision ordering Mayor Michael Bloomberg's administration to release emails between his office and former schools chancellor Cathie Black.

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Financial 411: Weekly Business Roundup

Friday, April 08, 2011

New York real estate developers are in a funk. We'll talk about how the expiration of a popular tax credit for developers could threaten economic recovery.

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Bloomberg: Cathie Black Is 'Phenomenally Competent'

Friday, April 08, 2011

Mayor Michael Bloomberg defended outgoing Schools Chancellor Cathie Black a day after he announced she would be leaving the post after only three months.

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It's A Free Country ®

So Who is Dennis Walcott?

Friday, April 08, 2011

Dennis M. Walcott, 59, a Queens native, was appointed Chancellor of New York City Public Schools by Mayor Bloomberg on Thursday morning, immediately following Cathie Black's resignation.

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It's A Free Country ®

Reporter's Notebook: Black and Bloomberg

Thursday, April 07, 2011

It was 11:30ish at City Hall. One of the rarest of rare - a Blue Room presser where Mayor Michael Bloomberg did a center stage about-face on something he cares intensely about: Who leads the New York City public schools.

But there Mayor Bloomberg was, the man who prides himself most 'on picking good people,' explaining the end game for one of his most high profile and unorthodox picks.

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It's A Free Country ®

Can a New Schools Chancellor Fix Education Reform's Image Problem?

Thursday, April 07, 2011

Breaking from the stridency of Rhee or the discomfort of Black, Walcott will test whether better relationships will lead to better politics as he takes on the charge of continuing Bloomberg’s education redesign.

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It's A Free Country ®

Cathie Black Steps Down

Thursday, April 07, 2011

WNYC

The criticism of Cathie Black from the start was that she doesn’t know anything about education when she starts. She walks in, having not ever set foot in a public school building… her learning curve was tremendous.

— Elizabeth Green, reporter and editor for Gotham Schools on The Brian Lehrer Show.

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WNYC News

Schools Chancellor Finds Common Ground With Principals on LIFO

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

New Schools Chancellor Cathie Black came off a bit nervous at times during a conference with 120 city principals at Fordham University on Wednesday, but there was at least some common ground: the need to be able to fire bad teachers more easily.

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Chancellor Defends Pay-Back Policy on Schools' Rainy-Day Funds

Friday, February 18, 2011

New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black defended a new directive that reduces how much money schools can roll over from this school year into next year.

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City Schools Expand Anti-Bullying Initiative

Friday, February 18, 2011

The city is expanding its anti-bias and harassment initiative in city schools after a series of recent high-profile bullying incidents rocked the nation.

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Panel Votes to Close 10 Schools Following Raucous Hearing

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

A panel controlled by mayoral appointees voted to close 10 low-performing schools Tuesday night following a raucous public hearing that pushed beyond midnight. What should happen to struggling schools? Take our poll.

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The Empire

closing city schools creates a problem with state exams

Thursday, January 27, 2011

My story:

When asked about the decision to close city schools because of the snow — something that's only happened nine times since 1978 — Bloomberg was, at first, matter of fact about the whole thing. A combination of mass transit delays and road conditions, made this the right decision for “parents, students and staff," he said.

Sitting in the press corps was one of those students impacted by the decision: 12th grader Myles Miller, a regular attendee of mayoral press conference who routinely reports for an assortment of youth-oriented and citizen-journalist web sites.

After Miller and another reporter asked about the regents exams slated to be given on Thursday, the mayor said that exam wasn't a factor in deciding whether to keep schools open.

“That’s not one of the things that went into our decision making process at all,” said Bloomberg. “The three things are safety, practicality and the economic impact” of parents having to miss a day of work.

Black, the schools chancellor, said 46,000 students were scheduled to take the history and regents exams, 22,000 were lined up for the geometry regents exam, and another 28,800 students were scheduled for the reading, science, chemistry and physics regents exams. The exam is run by the state, which has a policy of not rescheduling it for students who miss their tests.

The next opportunity to take the tests are in June. Which is somewhat problematic, Black acknowledged for "a few hundred" students who were set to graduate this January. "And in the past, they don't make any exceptions," Black told reporters after the press conference.

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott said the city is talking with state education officials to find a solution for those who couldn't take the regents exams.

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Bloomberg Defeats Snow, Now Has Schools to Tackle

Thursday, January 27, 2011

WNYC

Mayor Michael Bloomberg set out to conquer the most recent snow storm to blanket New York City — and succeeded.

But the public schools he closed today are another matter.

By the time Mayor Bloomberg started his 10am press conference at City Hall to updater the city on  snow removal efforts, he had already given live interview to three radio stations and New York 1 News.

Joining Bloomberg were the city's commissioners for police, transportation, education, sanitation, and emergency services, all waiting to answer any questions. They had been working since before sunrise.

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The Empire

Cathie Black's loud debut

Thursday, January 20, 2011

NYC Schools Chancellor Cathie Black seemed unphased by the heckling she received last night. Just like Bloomberg was earlier this week.

The meeting was convened so the Panel for Educational Policy could vote on (and approve) a plan to move an elite, mostly white high school, into the same building where another, less prestigious school, is currently located.

So, Black was walking into hostile territory.

“Let’s try to do this with some civility and decorum,” one education official implored.

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Schools Chancellor Cathie Black Gets Booed at First Public Hearing

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

The city's new Schools Chancellor, Cathie Black, was booed and heckled during her first appearance at a public meeting held by the Panel on Educational Policy Wednesday night.

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City Sets Aside $10 Million for Struggling Students

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

City officials have announced a $10 million program to help struggling students pass state exams in math and English. The 532 schools where more than two-thirds of students failed to pass those tests will be able to use the money for after-school classes, tutoring and to buy computer programs to help students.

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Bloomberg Defends Schools Chancellor's Birth Control Joke

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg defended Schools Chancellor Cathie Black Tuesday following her controversial quip that birth control could help alleviate school crowding.

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WNYC News

MLK 2011: Sharpton Updates the Struggle, Bloomberg Gets Jeered

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

WNYC

In his annual tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King, the Rev. Al Sharpton and his parade of guests urged the crowd to fight the modern battle against inequality. And in at least once instance, that meant, for some, booing the person at the podium.

"We must deal with the issues of today," said Sharpton, who flew into the event after spending the morning in Washington DC. He equated the need to update the civil rights struggle today with the 1965 television sitcom F-Troop, which, according to Sharpton drew its humor from the fact that the post-Civil War soldiers "were fighting a war that had already been fought."

"The problem with many of us today is we want to fight the civil rights battle of 50 years ago," said Sharpton. "And not deal with the civil rights battle of today."

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The Empire

'Lowest approval rating since taking office'

Thursday, January 06, 2011

Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating. (Marist Poll)

According to a new NY1-Marist poll, Mayor Bloomberg's approval rating is now at 37 percent, the "lowest approval rating since taking office."In October, it was 50 percent.

Most of it is chalked up to the botched response to the blizzard. But, the CityTime scandal and rollout of the new schools chancellor probably didn't help either.

When asked about the snow storm, 71 percent of adults said they disapproved of how the mayor handled it. When asked about the legacy the mayor will leave behind, only 39 percent thought it would be a positive one.

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