Cathie Black Out As NYC Schools Chancellor

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott To Succeed Her

NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) — After holding the position for three months, Cathie Black resigned Thursday as New York City Schools Chancellor, Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced.

Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott will replace Black. Bloomberg said Walcott was his first choice for the job to succeed Black.

1010 WINS’ Stan Brooks reports: Black out after three stormy months

“There’s no one who knows New York City public schools and the challenges that we are confronting today better than Dennis,” Bloomberg said.

“I consider myself very blessed and very lucky to be asked,” Walcott said.”I am a believer in what we do. We are the greatest city in the world. Our residents expect our school system to be the best in the world.”

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“We have one bottom line, and our one bottom line is our 1.1 million students,” Walcott added.

For someone who just took one for the team, Cathie Black was the picture of grace Thursday after her ouster, reports CBS 2’s Marcia Kramer.

“I have loved the principals and the teachers and the kids,” she said. “Dennis Walcott is a great guy, we have a wonderful relationship. I wish everybody the best.”

The mayor’s decision to dump his own pick for schools chancellor was anything but grateful, but Bloomberg did take the fall – sort of.

“I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out,” he said.

Walcott joined the Bloomberg administration in 2002. He is a Queens native and graduated from New York City public schools. Before joining the Bloomberg administration, he was the CEO of the New York Urban League.

Upon approval from the New York State Board of Regents, Walcott will step down as Deputy Mayor for Education and Community Development.

As Deputy Mayor, Walcott oversaw and coordinated the operations of the Department of Education, the New York City Housing Authority, the Department of Youth and Community Development, and the Mayor’s Office of Adult Education. He also reviews the activities of the New York City School Construction Authority, City University of New York, and the City University Construction Fund.

Walcott is also responsible for collaborating with community-based organizations citywide and coordinating policies concerning youth programs and adult education. He will keep his $213,000 deputy mayor salary and not get the $250,000 chancellor pay.

“He volunteered to do that, but I would have made him do it anyways,” Bloomberg said.

Walcott sidestepped questions about whether Bloomberg erred in appointing Black; he said he “thinks the world of Cathie” and hopes to continue working with her. He did not specify what projects he would he would work with her on.

Asked if he should have been Bloomberg’s first choice to replace Klein, Walcott made it clear that he is a team player.

“You have to remember, I’m a happy camper,” he said, adding, “I serve at the pleasure of the mayor.”

Black, a former executive with Hearst Media with no professional education experience, officially took over the post for Joel Klein in January.

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Bloomberg’s selection of Black to succeed Klein was almost instantly controversial. The decision received withering criticism from parents and lawmakers.

At PS 29 in Brooklyn Thursday, some parents sounded off about Black, saying she was ill-suited for the job.

“I think she didn’t really have any qualifications for the job so it doesn’t surprise me that she didn’t last too long. Bloomberg has to eat a little crow, but…it was his decision to hire her in the first place,” Aaron Rennie told CBS 2’s John Slattery.

“I think it’s actually a good thing. I mean, she didn’t really have the experience with education and was a little clueless.  I mean she showed that as far as evidence when it came to any of her interviews,” Julianna Brown Deriggs said.

Kathy Nobles, who has taught physical education for 12 years, said Black’s departure was “awesome.”

“I think I’m glad she’s gone. I thought from the very beginning we should have someone that had an education background,” Nobles said.

1010 WINS’ Carol D’Auria reports: Most parents are happy Black has called it quits

The United Federation of Teachers sidestepped the issue of Black’s departure. Union President Michael Mulgrew was asked what grade would give her.

“She wasn’t in class for the semester, so I would feel that it would not be proper for me to give her a grade,” he said.

A recent Marist poll showed Black’s approval rating at 17 percent. That appears to have been the last straw.

“[Cathie Black] loves New York and she wants to do what’s right for the families and students that we serve,” Bloomberg said. “She and I met this morning and we have mutually agreed that it is in the city’s best interest if she steps down as chancellor.”

“We both agreed that the story had become her and should be about the students,” Bloomberg said.

“We’re going to look forward,” said Bloomberg, rebuffing questions as to whether he made a mistake in pushing for her appointment in the first place. “I will say I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out as either of us have hoped and expected,” Bloomberg added.

Walcott currently serves on the board of the Trust for Governors Island, and previously served as Co-Chair of the Mayor’s Commission for Construction Opportunity.

Are you surprised that Black stepped down? Let us know below.

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Comments

One Comment

  1. Fred says:

    But he will still run for President.

  2. PIKE BISHOP JR. says:

    so long stupid..good riddance ..3 months wasted…

  3. jaypee says:

    Ditto

    Well said,

    Bloombutt is finished and Quinn is a @#$ kisser,

  4. jimmy says:

    Black and Blue!

  5. Josephus says:

    You are right, it does start with the teacher and I’m sure your elementary teacher did the best to teach you spelling and grammar. More importantly, the importance of education.

  6. Auburn Dale says:

    Let me guess… Bloomberg planned this all along, and gave her the job just so she could qualify for a juicy pension.

    1. HARVEY K says:

      iWONDER HOW MUCH MONEY SHEE WILL MAKE OUT OF THIS DO YOU REALLY THINK THAT SHE WILL GET A PENSION. i AM SO HAPP THAT I WILL BE MOVING OUT OF THE CITY SOON……..

      1. Auburn Dale says:

        (1) Using all capital letters is the same as SHOUTING, which is very rude. But you already knew that.

        (2) If Bloomberg wants to arrange for Cathy Black to get a hefty pension, then she’ll get a hefty pension.

        (3) If everybody moves out of the city, there won’t be anyone left to pay the taxes that subsidize the rest of the state.

  7. stella says:

    out with one black in with another Good luck dennis

  8. John A. says:

    Why wasn’t Dennis Walcott originally appointed as Chancellor ,since he has had alot of experience in dealing with various organizations linked to education? He certainly is much better qualified than was Cathy Black.She had no experience in education and did not know how to deal with people at all. Mayor Bloomberg needs to be held accountable for appointing Ms. Black in the first place.He knew very well that she had absolutely no educational background at all.He totally ignored all of the public consternation as a result of her becoming Chancellor.Why did 4 deputy chancellors leave over the last few months? It obviously was because they could not work with Cathy Black-who could?

  9. DEMOCRACY says:

    EVEN COMMUNISTS LIKE BLOOMBERG MAKE MISTAKES EVERY ONCE IN A WHILE!

  10. Joe says:

    Black should take mayor mike with her he thinks he owns the city with his horrendous appointment low priority on safety with police and fire departments

  11. Anthony says:

    Cathie Black is to Mike Bloomberg what Bernard Kerik was to Rudolph Guiliani. Nobody has a crystal ball. It looks like Mayor Mike is in the Black!

  12. dottie says:

    WOOOHOOO, The public has spoken, there has been hundreds of emails from parents, teachers, administrators, neighbours, constituents, asking for her to step down…too bad Bloomy blamed her for it…like all have said…HEY BLOOMY WHY DID YOU NOT APPOINT DENNIS IN THE FIRST PLACE! Hmmmm, I wonder why….

  13. How much did this cost says:

    So how much compensation is she getting on the way out?

  14. Cosmo K. says:

    Is this a Kramer from Seinfeld reference? If so, nice!

  15. p8nt says:

    I love how moronic some new yorkers are. You really think that you need someone with a new york school administration background to run the school? What’s really needed is someone with the business know how to shake things up, and get the school system moving, not another chump who’ll roll over to union demands.
    No wonder NY public schools are doing horrible.

    1. Justo Rosado says:

      Corporatae exceptionalism does not work for NYC public schools. Take that back to your Tea Party/ Republican friends.

      1. P8nt says:

        Yes, because in a corporate environment, you get fired for not doing your job and for poor performance. I completely forgot that, that’s not how NY public schools work..

  16. HowardS says:

    She did not just resign, she was asked to resign, right?…!!!!!

  17. Roy says:

    She’s gone quicker than an ice cube melts in Cuba

  18. Bernie Sanders says:

    he does what he wants hes the mayor !

  19. nathan says:

    What a debacle. Well at least he admitted he was wrong.

  20. Bobbyshades says:

    NICE JOB MAYOR MIKE.. YOU TRIED TO SHOVE THIS PERSON DOWN OUR THROATS WHO WAS NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB. IT’S SCARY THAT YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE WHO DID NOT KNOW THIS..MAYBE YOU MR. MAYOR SHOULD ALSO STEP DOWN NOW AND DO THE CITY A FAVOR….

  21. Not a SHARPTON Fan! says:

    Why wasn’t AL SHARPTON given the job? Obviously Obama thinks the world of the rev, as evidenced by his support at the recent fund raiser. A HYPOCRITE RACIST, like AL, would be perfect for the job. He would fire all the White teachers, while blaming their white kids.

  22. Bobbyshades says:

    Does she get a severance package from the city?

  23. Howie Sprague says:

    Bloomberg is clearly not qualified to run a city. Wasteful spending on stupid pet projects & nepotism are running rampant. Public safety is the lowest priority of his administration. Bloomberg is Montgomery Burns. What a complete buffoon.

  24. Devenio says:

    “There’s no one who knows New York City public schools and the challenges that we are confronting today better than Dennis,” Bloomberg said. Well, why wasn’t he given the job to begin with?

  25. HARLEM GOING H.A.M. says:

    EVERYBODY IS RIDING HER BACK, BUTN I HEARD NOTHING ABOUT THESE TEACHERS THAT DON’T WANT TO BE GRADED BY THE SUCCESS RATE OF THEIR STUDENTS. THE CHANCELLOR CAN BE WHOEVER, BUT IT ALL STARTS WITH THE TEACHER.

    1. Recognizes reality says:

      It all starts with the home. Teachers cannot instill the love of learning were parents care little about their children’s education. They cannot teach a child who misbehaves and causes disruption in the classroom. They cannot change the emotional harm done by parents who do not feed and clothe their children or who show no respect for teachers. Easy to blame teachers for the failings of parents. Bet you are one who has abdicated their responsibility.

  26. GREG says:

    NICE JOB MAYOR MIKE.. YOU TRIED TO SHOVE THIS PERSON DOWN OUR THROATS WHO WAS NOT QUALIFIED FOR THE JOB. IT’S SCARY THAT YOU WERE THE ONLY ONE WHO DID NOT KNOW THIS..MAYBE YOU MR. MAYOR SHOULD ALSO STEP DOWN NOW AND DO THE CITY A FAVOR….

  27. David Flores says:

    what took so long wrong choice but you know how king bloomberg thinks he is the man. how the heck amongst so many well experienced people did she get the job. it all po

  28. Jerry says:

    The only thing racist here is the fact, regardless of her qualifications she would have been castigated by blacks and hispanics, as any white chancellor would have in a black and hispanic dominated student body.

    What we have here is simply reverse racism implied.

    1. Nika says:

      Yea…and Klien was super black, and a latino! you are sooo insightful

  29. Thatsrightisaidit says:

    Yet another disaster imposed on REAL New Yorker’s by Mayor Bloomberg. Maybe he can find another personal friend from one of his private company’s to run the public schools or maybe she can run on his next ticket (President) with him. Why not- oh-because he said many times how “he dont want to be President”. For the record i’ve heard him lie about wanting to be Mayor of N.Y. for about ten years before he became Mayor,..deny, deny, deny, then you lie.
    P.S. There is still snow and Garbage on my street from Dec26 2010, LOL!

  30. john says:

    she needs a shave!

  31. Captain Obvious says:

    This is what happens when you put a speedboat captain at the helm of a trash barge. You can’t put someone here who is results oriented. She probably wants to blow her brains out. Regardless of her quips, press, political incorrectness, etc. only mediocrity will work for this role.

    Unions are certainly one big issue, but in the greater context of New York City when you add all the underachieving absentee parents who don’t take responsibility themselves, what is the point? Can you make people care about their kids?

    There is a broad swath of the child bearing population who have the ingrained belief that “it takes a village” means “take care of my village”.

    1. Devenio says:

      Captain Idiot Sorry I mean Obvious: So the fact that she has no background in education as nothing to do with this? Oh, yeah, blame the unions. Blame the parents. Lets not blame poor little mutant Cathe for her complete lack of skills to handle this job.

    2. Devenio says:

      Speedboat captain? Don’t you mean Captain Morgan? The woman looks drunk in every photo ever taken of her.

  32. James says:

    GOOD, Now go back to selling books! and let the Ph d’s & scholars do their jobs.

    1. HJ says:

      Mayor’s henchman – where was he in the 30 in snowstorm? Deptuy Mayor’s are supposed to take charge when Mayor is no where around. Plus, what is his educational background regarding the NYC school system. Bad choice AGAIN!!!

  33. terry says:

    Walcott should have been hired originally, thank goodness Black is gone.

  34. Richard Pagli says:

    Another waste of time and money to try to save some of their egos.

  35. SP says:

    Eric G. why is it that both your posting are ignorant and race related but Ms. Black is the RACIST. Grow up MEATBALL.

  36. Julio Cesar Chavez says:

    She’s a man I think…why are all women in politics HIDEOUS…

  37. Daniel P says:

    iI certainly think that this story is black and white.
    🙂

  38. J says:

    SHE CAME TO HER SENSES. SHE NOT GOING TO GET ANYTHING ACCOMPLISHED WITH A COMMUNIST, TYRANT. NOT ONLY THAT, BUT SYSTEM IS TOO BIG. IT NEEDS TO BE TORN DOWN AND PRIVATIZED. HAIL COMMUNIST MAYOR BLOOMBERG

  39. Jimbo says:

    She’s taking time off for a facelift.

  40. John says:

    No offense against Ms. Black, I’m sure she gave it her best shot but I think she was just too underqualified for this position. The education system culture is much different than the for-profit corporate culture and needs to be treated as such. This is the reason why three deputy Chancellors left in the last month. Unfortunately, while Bloomberg flounders trying to fill this position, over 1 million NYC children are missing learning opportunities because they don’t have a viable leader running the schools.

    1. Bill says:

      Realy, the “missing learning opportunities” came because she was in the position for 3 months? How much change do you actually think there was during that time?

      They should have gotten that woman who was the DC schools chief (before she finally gave up) as shown in Waiting for Superman.

      1. Reality bites says:

        You mean the self-promoter who is helping FL Governor Scott demoralize the Florida school system. Wen are we going to realize that these self-agrandizing types are just fools like out current president.

  41. morrise says:

    Once again, the unions get their way. Things will never change in New York. The only solution is to move and let this place self destruct.

    1. EricG says:

      U must be a white yuppie

    2. Devenio says:

      What the hell do unions have to do with this? Unions can only get their way if the people in charge give it to them.

  42. Bklyn Mom says:

    Great! Maybe he can find someone who is actually qualified next time. Let’s see what excuse she came up with for her resignation aside from “I couldn’t handle the pressure and didn’t know what the hell I was doing!”

  43. EricG says:

    Good. She is a racist b#@ch…

  44. Bobbyshades says:

    Bloomberg needs to be next to resign.

  45. Gina Boonshoft says:

    Thank goodness. Of course, Mayor Bloomberg will not learn anything from this, but Chancellor Black was never qualified for her job. More importantly, she was never interested in public schools, the families who send their children there and the hard working teachers who work tirelessly for the kids of this great city

    1. Joe says:

      Oh please, like its going to make a bit of difference either way who is in charge. When are you people going to realize this?

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