Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cathie Black Leaps Over Final Hurdle to Claim Schools Post; Judge Confirms Education Commish's Call by Erin Einhorn - NY Daily News

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Cathie Black can now take city schools chancellor spot after Albany judge knocks down suit.

Cathie Black is in the clear.
Mayor Bloomberg's pick to run the city schools got the OK from an Albany court Wednesday after a group of parents and politicians sued over her lack of credentials.
The parents argued that state education commissioner David Steiner broke the law when he granted Black a waiver to be chancellor.
"The appointment of someone who appears to require on-the-job training ... will just further erode the ability of the education system to adequately prepare our children for the challenges of the 21st century," said Brooklyn Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries, a plaintiff.
But Albany Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly affirmed Steiner's right to make that call.
The plaintiffs say they're mulling an appeal. "Mayor Bloomberg has won this round and our children have lost," Jeffries said.
Bloomberg said the decision should "allow us all to focus on what matters most: continuing to improve the quality of education we offer New York City's public school children."
Black takes over for outgoing chancellor Joel Klein on Monday.