Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Bloomberg Names Publishing Exec To Replace Klein As Schools Chancellor - NY1.com

The good news for NYC public school parents and students is that Joel Klein is stepping down as Chancellor of the NYC Dept of Education - The bad news is that Mayor Bloomberg's selection is yet another NON-educator to run the largest public school system in the USA...I foresee an agenda of more charter schools and a corporate approach to the education of our children and students...My simple question for Mayor Bloomberg is when is he going to put an educator in charge of the school system...

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Joel Klein is stepping down as chancellor of the Department of Education, the mayor announced today.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg called Klein a 'tireless champion for the children.'

He will be replaced, Bloomberg said, by publishing executive Cathie Black. Most recently, Black served as the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines and the publisher of USA Today.

Klein has served as schools chancellor since 2002, when the New York State Legislature turned control of city schools over to the mayor.

“For more than eight years, I’ve been privileged to wake up each morning knowing that I had the opportunity to serve this city and a school system that I love so much,' said Klein.

While at the helm, Klein helped end the practice of social promotion. The number of charter schools in the city has also surged under his watch.

According to the DOE website, the schools chancellor oversees over 1,600 schools, 136,000 employees and an operating budget of more than $21 billion.

A graduate of the city's public school system, Klein came from a background of government and business.