Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Update 5:20 PM from Gotham: The panel has voted to deny Cathie Black a waiver. Two members voted in favor, but four voted against it and two voted “not at this time.”

Dispatch from Gotham Schools

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These people have no shame 

http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/24/nyregion/24waiver.html?hp  - just came over the NY Times website - they may have voted no but check this out

Steiner said he would grant the waiver if Bloomberg appoints a deputy (Chief) with ed experience.
Don't celebrate yet.

The union's track record with politicians is so good, that if they bought a funeral home, people would stop dying.
Makes all those COPE dollars seem worth it don't you think?
City Council Member Domenic Recchia, a Brooklyn Democrat and chairman of the council's finance committee, said he believes Mr. Steiner should grant the waiver. "The DOE is a huge agency and needs a good manager. It needs someone who can take the lead and say, 'We're going to make changes,'" Mr. Recchia said.  

I just saw Bloomberg on the news from some news conference (don't know when) where he described Joel Klein's chancellorship as having been the first seven innings and now Cathie Black is coming in as the "perfect closer."

Pardon my French here, but WTF? What the hell does that mean, a "closer"? If education is nothing more than a game, the analogy is horrifying. If we're entering the eighth inning with only two to go, what on earth happens after the ninth inning? Game over? I totally don't get the implication -- is it supposed to be that Joel has solved ALL our education problems for the coming three or four decades, but we just need a closer to mop things up?

Or could it be the ultimate Freudian slip -- that what he really means is that Cathie would be the ultimate school closer?

Every time I think the Mayor simply can't possibly be any more imperious and condescending, he goes out and proves to me that he still hasn't found his limit. I would say appalling, but even that word doesn't come anywhere near describing that man's attitude and behavior.

Steve Koss

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