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Poll Finds NYC Voters Disapprove of Black for Chancellor

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

New York City voters overwhelmingly say the next schools chancellor needs education experience more than management experience, by a margin of 64 to 26 percent according to a new poll by Quinnipiac University.

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Controversy Grows Around Panel That Will Evaluate Black

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

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The panel that will evaluate Cathie Black for the schools chancellor position meets today.

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Black's College Transcript is Blacked-Out

Monday, November 22, 2010

The state education department released Cathie Black's transcript from Trinity College in Washington as part of her application to become New York City Schools Chancellor. But no grades were provided.

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WNYC News

Panel Reviewing Black's Qualifications Now Under Scrutiny

Monday, November 22, 2010

The eight-member panel includes three former school officials who worked under Chancellor Joel Klein, as well as New York Historical Society President Louise Mirrer, whose museum received a half million dollar donation from the mayor. 

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It's A Free Country ®

The Mix: Deathly Hallows Edition

Saturday, November 20, 2010

Welcome to It's A Free Country's The Mix, where we take some of the notable clips and other voices found on WNYC this week and mix 'em up. This week, a look at a magical (or at least, other-wordly) week in political theater, from Sarah Palin to Charlie Rangel. As always, characters in bold, connections in italics; link for more information.

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State Education Commissioner Appoints Panel to Screen Cathie Black

Friday, November 19, 2010

The President of Teachers College will chair a panel to advise whether publishing executive Cathie Black is suited to be the city's next schools chancellor. State Education Commissioner David Steiner announced the eight member panel which also includes the superintendents of Rochester and Yonkers and two former New York City deputy chancellors.

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WNYC News

The Black Lists: A Who's Who of Supporters and Opponents

Friday, November 19, 2010

In the week and a half since Mayor Bloomberg named Hearst Magazines Chairman Cathie Black the next schools chancellor, opponents and supporters of the unconventional pick have been sending letters to the state's education commissioner, David Steiner, who is weighing the waiver Black will need if she is to fill the job. Here's a list of who's lining up on either side of the issue.

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Cathie Black is the Leader NYC Schools Need

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The appointment of Cathleen Black as Schools Chancellor demonstrates that Mayor Bloomberg has listened to what parents and educators believe is needed in a leader of the city schools.  

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WNYC News

Black's Appointment Now Up to State Ed Commissioner Steiner

Thursday, November 18, 2010

The man in charge of deciding whether publishing executive Cathie Black can be the city's next school's chancellor, despite her lack of education credentials, is often described as someone who thinks outside the box. If there's a case to be made for an unconventional chancellor, then Education Commissioner David Steiner could be open to that based on his record.

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WNYC News

Black's Publishing Career: Preparation for Chancellor?

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg is asking the state for permission to make Hearst Magazines executive Cathie Black the next schools chancellor. Black needs a waiver because she doesn't have education credentials. She also hasn't spoken to the media since Bloomberg announced her appointment last week, except to say that she's qualified because of her nearly 40 years in management. And that's exactly the case the mayor tries to make in his letter to the state requesting the waiver. Russell Adams covers the publishing industry for the Wall Street Journal and talks about Black's career and about how it could translate to education with WNYC's Richard Hake.

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Mayor Bloomberg Requests Waiver for Cathie Black

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Saying the city schools demand a leader with a proven track record, Mayor Bloomberg has sent a letter to the state education commissioner asking that Hearst Magazines chairman Cathie Black be allowed to serve as chancellor. Black needs a waiver from rules requiring her to have educational experience, based on other exceptional qualifications.

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Bloomberg: New Tunnel Could be "Even Better" than ARC

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg at a Press Conference with Spiderman, announcing Comic Book for Job Seekers

(New York, NY -- Jim O'Grady, WNYC) ARC is dead. Long live ARC in a different guise.

Yesterday’s announcement that the city is seriously exploring sending the 7 subway line to New Jersey spent today rippling through press conferences and urban planning groups. At a press conference to announce a comic book to help job seekers, the mayor said the crush of riders between New York and New Jersey continues to rise, and that reality demands more cross-Hudson transit capacity.

“The problem hasn't gone away,” said Bloomberg. “You still have to make sure that people from New Jersey can get into the city for jobs and for shopping and entertainment and New Yorkers can get out of the city to go to do things in New Jersey.”

The mayor stressed that sending a subway into New Jersey would create a connection like the ARC commuter train tunnel but at half the price. Whereas ARC would have stretched from New Jersey to Herald Square, a 7 train extension would be shorter. It would start at 11th Avenue and go west, saving costly boring under Manhattan.

Bloomberg said his staff is reaching out to discuss the idea with Governor-elect Cuomo and Governor Christie, who have yet to give the project any support. Cuomo told reporters today “I only know what I read in the newspapers. Obviously it’s a proposal that I would need to research before I have an opinion.“

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Mayor Bloomberg Tells Reporters Wait 'A Few Weeks' to Interview Schools Pick Cathie Black

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg's choice for Schools Chancellor, Cathie Black, continues to attract both supporters and opponents. Brooklyn City Councilman Jumaane Williams introduced a resolution Wednesday calling on the state to deny her the appointment, but former mayors Ed Koch, David Dinkins and Rudolph Giuliani say she has the right managerial experience.

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Former Mayors Offer Support for Black

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Three former mayors have offered their support to Cathie Black, Mayor Michael Bloomberg's controversial appointee to the post of city schools chancellor.

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Influencing Steiner

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

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Right now, there is only one person who can block Mayor Bloomberg’s controversial nominee from actually getting the job of running the nation’s largest school system: David Steiner.

As commissioner of the state Department of Education, Steiner will decide whether to grant “a waiver” to Bloomberg’s pick Cathie Black, since she does not have the requisite work or education background for the job. Black, a magazine publisher until Bloomberg offered her the job “out of left field,” did not attend public school, and sent her children to boarding school in another state.

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WNYC News

Focus of Chancellor Debate Shifts to Waiver Request

Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Because she doesn’t have the proper education credentials, publishing executive Cathie Black needs a waiver stating that she has other extraordinary qualifications in order to become schools chancellor. Mayor Bloomberg has said he’ll submit a request for such a waiver soon, citing her vast managerial experience. That request will then be reviewed by the state’s education commissioner.

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Discussion of Black's Appointment Dominates PEP Meeting

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's choice of publishing executive Cathie Black dominated Tuesday's monthly meeting of the Panel for Educational Policy, even though the Bloomberg administration insisted the panel was no place for such a discussion.

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Education Panel Meets Tonight, But Won't Weigh In on Black

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

New York City's Panel for Educational Policy meets tonight, but discussion about Hearst publishing executive Cathie Black becoming the new schools chancellor is not on the agenda.

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Opponents: 'Cathie Black Shouldn't Be Chancellor'

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Schools advocates claim they have little say about whether or not publishing exec Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg's choice to succeed School Chancellor Joel Klein, is confirmed. But some opponents are directing their energies at state Schools Commissioner David Steiner, who would have to grant a waiver to the city approving Black for the job.

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Opposition Grows to Bloomberg's Pick for Chancellor

Friday, November 12, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg's appointment of Cathie Black to be the next schools chancellor this week caught the entire city by surprise. Black is a successful publishing executive, but has no experience in the public sector or education. Opposition to her appointment is growing, among members of the City Council and the state legislature.

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