Bloomberg's Choice for NYC Schools: Publisher Cathie Black

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that magazine magnate Cathleen Black will be the next Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education. She replaces Joel Klein, who held the position for eight years before announcing his departure for News Corp. on Tuesday afternoon.

Originally from Chicago, Black earned a degree from Trinity College in Washington, DC before moving to New York City to pursue a career in publishing. She has been called “The First Lady of American Magazines,” and boasts an impressive resume of creative and leadership roles in the business. In 1979, she became the first female publisher of New York magazine, and in the 1980s she acted as president and publisher of USA Today. She has also served as president and CEO of the Newspaper Association of America and most recently as the chairman of Hearst Magazines, which publishes Cosmopolitan, O, Esquire, and Good Housekeeping.

For her new job as Chancellor, Black emphasized the need to refocus the district's curriculum to make it more relevant to work and higher education. "We need to form new partnerships with business, nonprofits and universities to more closely align our curriculum to connect our kids to colleges and careers," she said.

Mayor Bloomberg has said that he was looking for a “world-class manager” to head up the Department of Education. He hopes to have found that in Cathie Black. As Chancellor, she will oversee more than 1,600 schools, 1.1 million students, 136,000 employees and a $21 billion operating budget.

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zion from NewYork

i am looking forward to this but what is her religion

Nov. 11 2010 10:41 AM
Shadeed Ahmad from New York, New York

Corporate moguls have a penchant these days for shortchanging those they service in order to save money. That mentality is rigorous and extremely calculated, to the point of being virtually accepted by the public as normal and the way life is. It is a selfish and vicious type of hypnosis.

It is my hope that our school children will not be victims of this kind mentality when it comes to their educations.

Our children deserve to have best educations to compete with the rest of the world. Anything aborted from their educations due to a corporate mentality of price cutting in the New York City educational system is tantamount to child abuse.

Our children deserve to have the comfort zone of a competitive education that is par excellence to the rest of the world, otherwise New York City's hype of being the most sophisticated city in the world is farcical.

American children (and especially those of New York City) are sliding further into the realm of mediocre educations.

Mayor Bloomberg has a huge responsibility to show that the educational budget for the city's children grows, and not just his personal wealth.

The city's children deserve to have a chance at getting the best of life and education as Mayor Bloomberg has. Chancellor Cathie Black may be the medicine the New York City educational system needs. I hope so.

Time will tell. New York City and the world will be watching.

Nov. 10 2010 10:54 AM
BWB from Brooklyn, NY

This comes off as even more relentless boilerplate than usual. Klein takes off for the Evil Emp...sorry, News Corp. (I'd love to know the criteria in *that* choice), while a another corporate high heel takes his place, with qualifications that remain to be deciphered. (Not that I have it out for ALL corporate types: Bloomberg has, in spite of some misgivings on my part–the Atlantic yards debacle among them–done a solid of two for Gotham, including a noticeably expanded bike lane network, bringing NYC more-or-less up to date with other "world-class" cities on the planet.

And, speaking of "world-class", the last guy I recall throwing that phrase around with reckless abandon, was long-ago presidential candidate Ross Perot. forever poisoning my relationship with that two-word couplet. Steve Jobs, to use one example, rarely utters those two words together, largely because he doesn't have to. the only people who seem to feel the need to use the phrase tend to have little grasp of the meaning behind the term, never mind the inclination do work that lives up to it.

Still, it could be worse. Carly Fiorina's looking for a new job.

Nov. 10 2010 01:06 AM

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