Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Bloomberg News Reports: MAYOR BLOOMBERG WINS WAIVER FOR ESQUIRE+COSMO PUBLISHER TO BECOME CHANCELLOR OF NYC SCHOOLS. The requirement waived was that the chancellor have a background in education – publishing career is ‘substantially equivalent’

By Ashley Lutz – Bloomberg News | http://bit.ly/ejDRIH

Tue Nov 30 00:09:47 GMT 2010 - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg won state permission for Cathie Black, a publishing executive, to head the nation’s biggest school system after he proposed appointing a career educator to help her.

Black’s “training, background and experience are substantially equivalent to the certification requirements” needed to do the job, State Education Commissioner David Steiner said today in a decision distributed by e-mail.

Steiner waived a requirement that the chancellor have a background in education, pending her completion of training in preventing child abuse and school violence, according to the decision. Bloomberg told Steiner on Nov. 26 that Black would make Deputy Chancellor Shael Polakow-Suransky the system’s senior deputy and academic chief if her appointment was cleared.

“I find that Ms. Black’s exceptional record of successfully leading complex organizations and achievement of excellence in her endeavors, warrant certification,” Steiner said in the decision.

Bloomberg named Black, 66, as his choice for the job on Nov. 9 after Joel Klein resigned. She’s chairman of the Hearst Corp. unit that produces Esquire, Cosmopolitan and more than a dozen other magazines, capping a lifelong publishing career. An advisory panel named to weigh Black’s qualifications had recommended denying the waiver, according to Steiner’s decision.

‘Move Forward’

“I hope we can move forward on the many challenges the system faces, including creating a curriculum that will give students a well-rounded education, new and better interventions for struggling students, and early action to turn around failing schools,” said Michael Mulgrew, president of the United Federation of Teachers, in an e-mailed statement. The New York- based federation represents about 200,000 members, according to its website.

“It is now time to put politics aside and recognize that it is in the best interest of our children for Cathie Black to succeed as chancellor,” the mayor said today in a statement sent by e-mail. He called Steiner’s decision “the right one for our kids and our schools.”

The New York Times said on Nov. 24 that Steiner would approve Black if Bloomberg appointed an educator to assist her.

Bloomberg said in a letter to Steiner last week that Polakow-Suransky, now deputy chancellor for performance and accountability, “has spent his career working to improve New York City schools on behalf of our highest need students.”

The mayor, who took office in 2002, has three years remaining in what he has said will be his final term. Bloomberg is founder and majority owner of Bloomberg LP, the parent of Bloomberg News.

1 comment:

Sonja said...

Wow! So all we need now is a seminar on child abuse and school violence to qualify in running the largest school district in the nation. Public education is now a business opportunity. Those who have experience in academics and planning curriculum need not apply.

Do these people really think that all we need is someone with a good business background? What will happen to those kids with disabilities and those English Language Learners who are not "cost effective" when it comes to "producing" high test scores or becoming college-ready students?

Children are not widgets and learning should not be run like a business. We are pushing children to learn how to take tests. There is not time in the school day for critical thinking anymore. We've shut down many of our "shop" and "vocational job skills" classes due to budget cuts so there are fewer opportunities to keep those in school who are not on a college track. We still need plumbers, electricians and refrigeration specialists - they just won't have the opportunity to learn at the high school level anymore.

I wonder what the real motivation behind this appointment is. This makes no sense.