Steiner Waives
November 29th, 2010

The deal announced over the holiday weekend is now official: State Education Commissioner David Steiner has approved Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s appointment of Cathleen Black to be schools chancellor. In a 12-page letter Steiner reviewed the law, the agreement that made Black accept an “education deputy” and Black’s qualifications (or lack thereof) before concluding, “Despite her lack of direct experience in education, I find that Ms. Black’s exceptional record of successfully leading complex organization and achievement of excellence in her endeavors, warrants certification for service in the New York City School District, where she will have the support of a team of experienced educators, including a single person serving as senior deputy chancellor and chief academic officer.”

In statement released shortly afterward, Bloomberg said, “It is now time to put politics aside and recognize that it is in the best interest of our children for Cathie Black to succeed as chancellor. The crucial work that lies ahead requires all of us to come together around our shared commitment to our children.” He also pledged that in the coming weeks and months Black will emerge from virtual hiding to meet ” with parents, teachers, elected officials and community leaders to listen and hear from them.”

After the deal developed on Friday to name educator Shael Polakow-Suransky to serve as Black’s deputy, opponents said they would consider filing suit to block Black’s appointment. Opponents also have scheduled a protest for 4 p.m. Thursday at Tweed courthouse.

Stay tuned to see how these plans develop in the coming days.

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