Klein Out; Hearst Chairwoman In as NYC Schools Chancellor:
I’m sort of baffled by this one. Chairman of Hearst Magazines (and former head of USA today) to the head of NYC schools? Seems like we’re gonna be seeing lots of infographics on the new standardized tests, eh?
Schools Chancellor Joel Klein stepped down today after serving as the leader of the city’s school system since 2002, the longest anyone has served in that post. He will be replaced by another executive with no educational experience: Cathie Black, a longtime media executive who currently serves as Chairman of Hearst Magazines.
"Over the past eight years, Joel has taken an administration that was a case study in dysfunction to one that the Obama administration has held up as a model for the nation," Mayor Michael Bloomberg said at a press conference this afternoon. "Joel has implemented innovative changes that have made an enormous difference in the lives of New York City’s children."
Black, a longtime media executive now at the helm of Hearst, which publishes Cosmopolitan, Esquire, Good Housekeeping, and O, the Oprah Magazine, will be the second non-educator, after Klein, to serve as schools chancellor. (via NBC New York)
Can anyone tell me why this is a good hire?