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Thursday, April 7, 2011

Black Out as Schools Chancellor

Cahtleen Black, Mayor Bloomberg's highly-controversial choice to be the city's Schools Chancellor, will step down today, the Times reports.

The appointment of Black, a former magazine executive, was widely criticized by school advocates and several Bronx elected officials.

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott will take her place.


  1. "I would like to applaud Mayor Bloomberg for asking Cathie Black to resign as Chancellor of NYC Schools AND congratulate him for appointing DENNIS WALCOTT as the new Chancellor. Cathie Black should have never been appointed to this position and as many of us expressed, she was not fit for the job. I would urge her to give back whatever salary she received during the three months she was "running" our schools. I'm sure there's an after-school program out there that could really use it. Dennis Walcott on the other hand, is (and has been) the best man for the job! His heart is in it! That's what we need at the Department of Education: someone who actually cares about the future of our kids. I firmly believe he is well prepared to take over DOE and remedy the educational crisis that exists in New York City. Our kids deserve the best."

  2. This is hardly the time to applaud Mayor Bloomberg. The chancellor he unilaterally selected without the kind of due process and care it required was an abject failure from the outset.

    I agree that there is an educational crisis in New York City. However, Dennis Walcott is hardly the person to fix it since as Deputy Mayor in charge of education, it was his enactment of Mayor Bloomberg's flawed policies that put the DOE in this mess in the first place.

    The selection process for a chancellor requires a thorough and open-minded search. All the Mayor did in this case - and the last - was insure that his failed education programs will perpetuate. This is not what the system needs nor our children deserve.


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