Media executive Cathie Black isn’t qualified to run New York City schools, said an advisory panel that recommended against waiving the required superintendent’s certificate. Mayor Michael Bloomberg picked Black, who has no education experience and no personal experience with public schools, for her management talents.
Concerned about Black’s lack of an education background, State Education Commissioner David Steiner had recommended that the panel of eight experts vote against her application unless a chief academic officer was also designated.
“My recommendation was they vote ‘not at this time,'” said Steiner, who must still make a formal decision.
Fully half the panel, however, voted for a flat-out rejection. Just two voted to approve her as a replacement for Chancellor Joel Klein, who steps down at the end of the year. Another two went with Steiner’s suggestion — “not at this time.”
In a Quinnipiac University poll, 47 percent of city voters and 62 percent of public school parents said Black is a poor choice for chancellor.
If Black doesn’t get the waiver, she doesn’t get the job.