Cathie Black

November 10, 2010 by Post Team 

Cathie Black, Michael Bloomberg, from his first campaign for mayor, has said he wants to be judged first on whether it could improve public schools in the city. Eight years after the tumultuous revolution, with nearly three years left on his clock, Bloomberg today took a bold step to bolster its legacy of education, replacing Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, publishing executive Cathie Black. It’s the kind of movement Bloomberg loves: Springing a secret place quite sure irritate traditionalists. If Black has the skills or time to make real progress is almost irrelevant. The mayor vowed to revive his team for the third term, and is now offering an unexpected jolt of an education system that believes it needs a shock treatment constant.

Klein is certainly leaving on a down note. He and the mayor can point to significant achievements: master builder and the main responsibility for a wave of innovative new schools, increased graduation rates from school, and a decrease in the performance gap between white students and nonwhites. But the firm of Klein, the mania for testing and data, has recently taken a beating: the department of education has been shown to increase reading and mathematics were the result of the easiest tests in high-fitness. Even Klein has been delivering a growing number of schools not to “F”. And while Klein may have eliminated the “social promotion” in the school system, those inside-the Bloomberg administration has exhausted a lot of energy Chancellor own promotion. “Joel had hit a wall”, an associate of the men says. “And the legacy of the mayor of education was lost in the character of Joel.”

Black comes as the city is due to receive millions of dollars in “Race to the Top” federal money, and Bloomberg wants that much of it spent on charter schools, whose growth has been a rough point of contention with teachers’ union, while union and the city are negotiating a new contract. However, striking the fine points that primary responsibility will be Black, and now the mayor of explanation in a press conference that the City hired Black because he knows about jobs, jobs, jobs “seemed out of place as well. The black is a hard and slippery seller, your greatest assets, from the perspective of Bloomberg, is his background in marketing and charisma. “It is a charm offensive,” says an intimate mayor. “Cathie represents opportunity to build a consensus with all the players, and to recover all Joel has alienated people. ”

Klein is now working with Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., which is part of the revolving door between the media and the chancellor’s office. (When New York called on Murdoch to name the most important of living in New York earlier this fall, called Klein.) Before taking on the city school system in New York, Klein was an executive of media conglomerate Germany’s Bertelsmann, and before that a senior Justice Department official.

Perversely enough, the greatest achievement of Klein can not be measured in the cascade of numbers that is generated. He and Bloomberg made the care of the city from the community about public schools again, and shook the general complacency and hopelessness of the system. That replaced with equal parts hope and fear is why many educators and parents are not going to miss, but it is also why the educational legacy Bloomberg will remain the most important thing the mayor leaves behind .

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