November 9th, 2010
After seven years heading up the New York City school system, Schools Chancellor Joel Klein has just announced he is resigning to become an executive vice president of News Corp. In his new post, Klein said, he will help Rupert Murdoch’s company “develop a strategy to put them in the burgeoning and dynamic education marketplace.”
To replace Klein, who had virtually no education experience, Mayor Michael Bloomberg again went outside the world of educators, selecting Cathie Black, the chair of Hearst magazines.
Klein was the first and only chancellor under the current system of mayoral control. Under his direction the schools underwent sweeping changes: increased reliance on standardized testing, the closing of many schools, an enormously increased role for charter schools, creation of many small schools, a sharply reduced role for communities in the education system and more. As he undertook these changes on behalf of the mayor, Klein was clearly the point man, wining praise in some circle, acute antipathy in others.
Stay tuned for reaction.By Gail Robinson on November 9, 2010, 4:56 pm
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