Panel Votes Against Waiver For Cathie Black

NEW YORK (CBS 2/WCBS 880/1010 WINS/AP) — In a potential setback for Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s hand-picked choice to run New York City schools, an eight-member panel of education experts has voted Tuesday against recommending a waiver for Cathie Black.

A majority of the panel advising state Education Commissioner David Steiner expressed reservations about Black’s waiver — with four members voting to deny it outright.


WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb on the setback for Mayor Bloomberg

1010 WINS Reporter Al Jones with the latest details

Sources also told CBS 2, that Steiner has “serious concerns” about Black’s ability to lead city schools, but might be willing to sign off, if she is paired with a deputy who has a strong education background.

However, Steiner is not required to follow the panel’s advice in deciding whether to grant the waiver, nor is he required to consider public opinion.

During the closed meeting, the panel members had three options on whether to recommend a waiver: yes, no, and “send the waiver request back to the New York City mayor for possible resubmission,” said spokesman Tom Dunn.

Four members voted “no,” two “yes,’” and two members urged resubmission, Dunn said.

Meanwhile, a new Quinnipiac University poll found the public giving a decisive thumbs down to naming Black as Joel Klein’s successor.

WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb reports on the poll results

 “Overall, 47 to 29 say they don’t approve of this appointment,” Quinnipiac’s Maurice Carroll told WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb.

“But voters with children in public schools: 62 to 25 [say they don’t approve]. So, in the population that really is affected by this, the public school parents are even more negative than the general public.”

Carroll said 64 percent of those polled say a schools chancellor needs education experience more than management expertise.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The poll has a margin of error of plus or minus 2.7 percentage points.

Black is the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines. Because she has no educational credentials, she would need a waiver from the state Education Department to serve as chancellor.

LINK:Full Poll Results

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  1. Alan Kappy says:

    MR. MAYOR Put somebody in there who knows how to educate, instead of some person who is in it for the big bucks and 1 permanet vacation until you are out of office.

  2. Tiffany Darby says:

    I feel that it is very important to have some knowledge of the public school system as well as education for the fact of the matter. I have a MS in education and am finding it very hard to find a job in the education field. I recently inquired about going back to school in the education field and was told that I need at least three years of teaching before I could enter the program of Leadership and Administration. I was looking to spend money not make money and was told no because lack of experience. I really feel that it is unfair just because she has money that lack of experience should be overlooked.

  3. bf says:

    The man is using his bought power to destroy our city. Time to get out of here.

  4. sharon wolff says:

    Mayor Bloomberg, I have a BA in English Lit, how about giving me a job. I have no law experience, I don’t know the first thing about running a business. I would be just as qualified at Ms Black, who doesn’t know anything about the NYC school system, or Any School System! I am very disappointed in your choice for School Chancellor.

  5. John amato says:

    She does not have any educational experience-she should not be the next Chancellor.There are many qualified people with educational experience out there-mayor Bloomberg wants someone that will do whatever he wants-that is not the democratic way.The Chancellor needs to be independent of mayoral influence and to have educational background-CASE CLOSED!

  6. Tom says:

    The Dem sheeple of New York get what they deserve.The worst, state run government in the country……Just another day..

    1. RB says:

      California is even worse

  7. Not a Dictatorship says:

    Who the hell is little hilter Bllomberg to talk. When is hilter bloomberg ever going to leave office? He knows diddly squat about education in the first place.

  8. fed up says:

    Impeach little Hitler NOW! Charlie Barron for Mayor!

  9. flynn says:

    Mayor Bloomberg,

    You ignored the voice of the people who voted for term limits. Isn’t it time to show them that you’re not going to keep ignoring what the residents of NYC have to say? Clearly they don’t like the appointment of Black.

    Do the right thing. Pick someone else.

    1. Cynthia Civil says:

      JEFFREY CANADA WOULD BE A GREAT CHOICE. HE KNOWS WHAT WORKS FOR THE CHILDREN OF NEW YORK CITY. GIVE HIM A CHANCE TO SHOW THE CITY THAT NEW YORK CITY CHILDREN CAN LEARN. AND BRING ALONG MICHELLE RHEA AND THEY WILL SHOW EVERYONE THAT KIDS CAN LEARN EFFECTIVE SKILLS AS OPPOSED TO ROTE LEARNING ON STANDARDIZED EXAMS.

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