Sources: Cathie Black To Get Her Waiver

Deal Struck Between Bloomberg And NYS Education Commish

NEW YORK (CBS 2/ AP/ WCBS 880) — Mayor Michael Bloomberg’s controversial choice to be the city’s schools chancellor has received the go-ahead.

Sources tell CBS 2 the Bloomberg administration has conceded to a condition set by the state’s education commissioner that could allow Cathie Black to receive a waiver for the noneducator to serve as the next schools chancellor.

WCBS 880 Reporter Monica Miller with the latest on the schools chancellor appointment

The decision opens the door for the Hearst Magazines chairwoman to succeed Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who is leaving to take a job with News Corp. The 66-year-old Black had needed the waiver because she does not have a background in education.

Bloomberg had been criticized over his decision to appoint the noneducator to the position, but several high-profile women had endorsed his choice, including Whoopi Goldberg and Gloria Steinem, with whom Black worked at Ms. magazine in the 1970s.

In a letter Friday, Bloomberg said Black would appoint 38-year-old Shael Polakow-Suransky, a former teacher and a member of Klein’s administration, to serve as senior deputy chancellor and chief academic officer.

An official told The Associated Press that Education Commissioner David M. Steiner would grant the waiver Monday.

An advisory panel appointed to weigh Black’s qualifications to serve as chancellor had recommended that Steiner deny the waiver that would allow her to serve as chancellor.

Steiner had previously suggested he might be willing to grant a waiver to Black if a second-in-command with academic experience were to be chosen.

Under Black, Polakow-Suransky will be tasked with overseeing the schools’ instructional programs and the implementation of major educational policies, the mayor said in his letter to Steiner. Polakow-Suransky will also advise the chancellor on policy issues relating to curriculum, testing, evaluation and more.

Currently, he serves under Klein as the deputy chancellor for performance and accountability, overseeing school evaluation and capacity building.

A Quinnipiac University Poll showed New Yorkers believed by a 2-1 margin that Black was not qualified for the job. The poll found that 51 percent of city voters believed Black did not have the right experience to serve as schools chancellor.

Just 26 percent said Black did have the experience for the job, and 23 percent were undecided.

Foes and supporters of Black’s appointment had been lobbying the mayor since he announced Nov. 8 that he had picked the businesswoman to lead the schools.

  • Andy

    NYC has a gigantic budget deficit, and Bloomberg wants to cut thousands of teachers, and close dozens of schools, but by all means, hire another executive, at a few hundred thousand dollars a year, in order to cut a deal so your buddy can be chancellor. Why can’t we run Bloomberg out on a rail now?

  • DanTe

    Bloomberg: Hitler living in disguise.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both unilaterally broke the law on term limits and extended their terms due to an “emergency”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both like to dictate what healthy activity or food the peons need to do or eat. Hitler was a vegetarian too.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both hates it when civilians are allowed to own guns. Gee, I wonder why they both like a helpless citizenry.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both use “emergencies” to increase their special police’s powers.

    Bloomberg and Hitler both just love to control how our youths are “educated”.

    Bloomberg and Hitler people both wear monochrome colored shirts in a uniform manner.

    I wonder what “emergency” will occur for Bloomberg to break the term limit on the Presidency?

  • Marx Engels

    Little Hitler is dedicated to finishing the dismantling of what was once the best school system in the country. His rationale is the same as every rich man in this country: where in the constitution does it say you are entitled to a free education? A rich man pays for his kids’ education so why can’t you? Tough, then let your kid lay in the gutter or go to work in a factory making soccer balls, just like they do in Asia.

  • pat

    Hey Bloomberg, How much did this cost you??

  • pat

    An official told The Associated Press that Education Commissioner David M. Steiner would grant the waiver Monday

    I gues Christmas came early to Mr. Steiner thanks to Santa Bloomy

  • Ann Anton

    King Bloomberg does not need an expert in education. He needs an expert in media propaganda so that he can bash teachers and their union. He now has two people to do the same job. I’m sure he is thinking about saving money… oh, and yes, the children of this city. LOL.

  • Big John Staten Island

    This is the solution people asked for…It could work! Ms. Black will provide business savvy, often lacked by entrenched educators, and the former educator will fill in the blanks and prioritize. We can’t keep asking for things to change and also insist that they be done the same way all the time.

  • BC

    Fix, fix, FIX!!! This is such a FIX it’s NOT funny!!! What is the point of hiring Cathie Black for the job if someone else is going to be doing all the work?! Why not hire the “second-in-command” as the FIRST-in-command?! Makes perfect sense to me! This city is ruined, and it’s all thanks to King Mike! Someone got a lovely payoff on this one!

  • Pete Doyle

    This is NOT, NOT, NOT how ya do it.
    You don’t hire someone who is not qualified to do a job because that person promises to hire someone else who is qualified.
    Pete D.

  • rugbyball

    Well Bloomberg ignored the public with term limits, why bother to follow the law on this?! Here is to hoping she doesn’t make a mess of it, not like Bloomberg really cares. This was a favor to a close friend, to hell with these sniveling peons called citizens!

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