NYC Mayor Bloomberg and ex NYC School Chief BlackThe embattled NYC School Chief, Cathleen Black, was asked to resign after a short three months on the job. Her resignation was unexpected, though her brief tenure had been under intense scrutiny and criticism.
NYC Mayor Bloomberg chose Ms. Black from the publishing world to head arguably the most difficult-to-manage school, system in America. Bloomberg thought her excellent background in management would translate easily into her being able to run the NYC school system.
Her background as a publishing executive didn’t translate well into the education field, in which she had no experience. Little wonder. Her brief term was marked by miscue after miscue, including a verbal gaffe wherein she wondered aloud if better practice of birth control might not lead to less school overcrowding. She later apologized for her remark. The mayor cut his losses last week when he asked her to resign.
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