Advising on Black
November 19th, 2010
At least three of the eight people named to advise state education commissioner David Steiner on whether Cathleen Black should get the waiver she needs to become schools chancellor held senior positions in the city Department of Education under Joel Klein.
–Andres Alonso, now CEO of the Baltimore school system , who was New York’s chief of staff for learning from 2003 2006 and then began deputy chancellor. Not long after being promoted, Alonso took the top job in Baltimore.
Interestingly, some people — in Baltimore anyway — have presented Alonso as a kind of antidote to Washington D.C. school superintendent Michele Rhee, who is lionized by the many fans of Mayor Michael Bloomberg and outgoing school chancellor Joel Klein. Although they have many of the same beliefs, Alonso is thought to be “less alienating” figure than Rhee.
— Rochester School Superintendent Jean-Claude Brizard taught junior high and high school in New York City and as a regional high school superintendent.
–Michele Cahill, now with the Carnegie Corp., was a member of the Children First leadership team that helped draft and implement the changes to the city school system and was a senior counsel to the chancellor.
As far as one can tell, all of these people generally support Bloomberg’s education effort. Also, like the other five panelists, they have extensive experience in education and advanced degrees, which Black conspicuously lacks.
Steiner does not have to follow the panel’s advice.By Gail Robinson on November 19, 2010, 4:16 pm
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