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New York Mayor Michael Bloom­berg Appoints Cathleen Black as NYC Schools Chancellor

New York Mayor Michael Bloom­berg Appoints Cathleen Black as NYC Schools Chancellor

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A bit more about this recent event from The Christian Science Monitor. "New York Mayor Michael Bloom­berg surprised many people in early November with his choice of successor to schools chancellor Joel Klein, who announced he was stepping down after an eight-year tenure in which he added charter schools, closed failing schools, and gave more power to principals. Cathleen Black, chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, has no background in education – even less than Mr. Klein had in 2002, when Mayor Bloomberg had to make a case for his appointment – and is already encountering stiff opposition." [Read more] I'm wondering what you all think of another chancellor appointment to someone who doesn't have any background in education? Can a business executive with no education experience really get up to speed and lead education reform? If we learn anything from our history, the answer is no. I'm currently reading Diane Ravich's latest book, The Death and The Life of the Great American School System and the more I make my way through it the more I hear example after example of "executives" failing to "reform education." How do we get educators back in the education reform conversation? Looking forward to hearing your thoughts, Elana

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