NY Education Commissioner Grants Waiver For Black

NEW YORK (CBS 2/1010 WINS/WCBS 880/AP) — New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner has granted a waiver to let media executive Cathie Black head New York City’s school system.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports

The announcement Monday came after Mayor Michael Bloomberg agreed to appoint a seasoned educator as second-in-command to Black.

WCBS 880 Reporter Rich Lamb with Mayor Bloomberg.

A compromise was reached Friday when Bloomberg agreed to appoint Shael Polakow-Suransky as senior deputy chancellor and chief academic officer under Black.

In his decision announced late Monday, Steiner said Black “has affirmatively stated that the position will continue throughout her tenure ensuring strong and continuous pedagogic support.”

He also praised Black’s “exceptional record of successfully leading complex organizations and achievement of excellence in her endeavors.”

Bloomberg’s choice of Black has been slammed for her lack of experience in education.

State Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries of Brooklyn said Monday he was considering legal action to block the waiver.

Shino Tanikawa, a mother with two children in Manhattan public schools, said she was strongly opposed to the waiver for Black.

“The law is very clear that a chancellor either has the required educational background or something that is equivalent, and she doesn’t have either,” Tanikawa said.

On Sunday, some opponents staged a protest in Lower Manhattan speaking out against Black’s nomination.

Black needed a waiver from Steiner to serve as schools chancellor because she has no credentials as an educator. An advisory committee appointed by Steiner opposed the waiver.

At a news conference Monday, Bloomberg said he doesn’t remember how he reacted when he first learned the Education Commissioner’s panel had voted against Black last week.

“What was I supposed to do — jump up and down,” Bloomberg asked facetiously, “government doesn’t work that way.”

Polakow-Suransky, a current deputy chancellor, has served as a teacher and principal.

Despite Polakow-Suransky appointment,  the mayor made clear that Black would be the person ultimately making the decisions.

“There will be one person in charge — make no mistake about that,” Bloomberg said.

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  • Jeff

    This compromise is financially irresponsible. How idiotic to paid 2 people to do the job of one person.

  • DanTe

    CBS reporters must be wanting to work for Bloomberg bad. Or they get paid to silence people. Because CBS keeps censoring truths:

    Bloomberg is Hitler 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 have grand automobile/people mover plans. The Autoban and the massive lane changes in NYC.

    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. NYC’s SS even travel overseas, like NYC is a wholly separate little dictatoriate.

    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?

  • Dee NYC

    That’s right Bernie Madoff for chancellor at least he know how to use math and con folks !!!!!!

  • ammo17

    you can`t beat king mike.does this mean that there will be two salaries or just one?

  • The Truth

    What a scam. Hey Steiner I want to be a teacher now and I need a waiver. If I put on a skullcap will that help? Barron take it to court now. That bee-outch rag has no business being in the education system! Shame on FoolBerg. Maybe your daughters horse can kick you in the head next time fool.

  • an observer

    I predict Cathie Black will not get the waiver. Ever.

    I think that because if she was to get it, she would have already received it
    today. But it’s now 4:51pm Monday and still no news of Bloomberg having the waiver in hand.

    He’s not going to get it. That is what I believe; that’s why he doesn’t have it already.

    • Pole Cat

      A little premature, An Observer. Looks like, through Semetic trickery, she is in. I agree with Ignorante. Bloomberg, Steiner, Polakow-Suransky, when will it end?

  • Ignorante Elephante

    Jews behving badly!

  • Ignorante Elephante

    Jews behaving badly!

  • Steve in Brooklyn

    Obama had no and still hasen’t any expierence

  • harriet in ny

    this nominaiton is an insult to every parent teacher and student of the public nyc school system

  • Matilda

    Joe Torre for Schools Chancellor!!!!

  • Matilda
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