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.

They are

–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 on November 19, 2010, 4:16 pm
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2 Responses to “Advising on Black”

  1. Gerry Segal Says:
    November 20th, 2010 at 12:03 pm

    This smells like a railroad job…The head of the panel is from Columbia University who by the way finally got a large parcel of land in West Harlem converted for University expansion. (No pressure from the Mayor on her.- completely objective).

    Once again the kids interest are overlooked.

    I wrote this song 45 years ago,. Sadly, it’s still true:

  2. Adele L Says:
    November 24th, 2010 at 1:54 am

    Cathy Black is put as a choice because Bloomberg feels he is above all and can do whatever he wants. Look how the destruction of NYC schools has hurt the students in NYC. Black as a leader of educators would be a farce since she does not know a thing about education. What can she contribute to the shaping of minds.Children are not widgets who can be micromanaged.

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