Black Speaks
December 5th, 2010

Cathie Black’s first interview since her controversial appointment as schools chancellor aired today (the three-part video is available here. In the approximately 20-minute discussion with ABC’s Art McFarland, Black emphasized her management skills and said that Mayor Michael Bloomberg made it clear he wanted a manager — and not an educator — in the job.

“The words right out of his mouth were, ‘I want a proven manger,'” Black said. As to her relationship with the mayor she said, “I dont know the mayor that well. We’re not buddy-buddy. We see each other at things.”

Certainly Black does not seem to have been tapped to make changes at the education department. Questioned as the whether she would do anything differently than the man she will replace — Joe Klein — Black said, “I haven’t seen anything he put in place that I dont concur with. We’re in complete alignment.”

Black echoed Klein’s support for changing teacher tenure rules and for altering the system that makes the teachers most recently hired the first to be let go in the event of layoffs.

Asked about her decision to send her own two children to posh private schools, Black said that, when she and her husband made that decision 15 years ago, the city schools “were not of the caliber they were today.” She declined, though to characterize them saying instead, “It’s about choice and we made that choice. . It’s a choice we made.”

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