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Cathie Black

  • Blogs

    May 3, 2013

    Oprah, Ivanka, and More in City's Newly Released Cathie Black Emails

    As we reported yesterday, the Bloomberg administration lost its lengthy and expensive legal battle against a Freedom of Information Law request by Sergio Hernandez, then a Village Voice intern, requesting the administration's emails concerning the ill-fated hiring of former Schools Chancelor Cathie ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2013

    Bloomberg Loses Final Appeal to Keep Emails Secret

    Mayor Bloomberg's fight to keep emails concerning the hiring Cathie Black, whose catastrophic career as school chancellor lasted all of 100 days, has finally ended, and Bloomberg has lost. The story stretches back to 2010, when Sergio Hernandez, then a Village Voice intern, filed a Freedom of Infor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 24, 2012

    New Teachers Union Ad Attacking Mayor Starts Today

    Watch out, Mr. Mayor! The United Federation of Teachers is launching an ad campaign today that attacks Mike Bloomberg -- who has loudly criticized the union at a handful of public appearances this year. At his State of the City speech earlier this month, the mayor went after the UFT for insisting on ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 16, 2012

    Brian Lehrer Discusses the Voice's "100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on WNYC (AUDIO)

    ​WNYC's Brian Lehrer Show did a segment on "The 100 Most Powerless New Yorkers" on its Martin Luther King, Jr. day show this morning. Audio of the segment is embedded below. Our segment looked at the silly side of "power lists," and at the serious side of some of those we included on our pow ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2011

    Bloomberg to Appeal Order to Release Cathie Black Emails

    ​Just before Thanksgiving, Manhattan Judge Alice Schlesinger ruled that the Bloomberg administration turn over emails sent between the mayor and Cathie Black prior to Black's short-lived appointment as New York City schools chancellor. (The fight for the emails had been instigated by Sergio He ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 21, 2011

    Cathie Black Crashes Car After Boozy Hamptons Party

    ​Rich people, they're just like us: no matter who you are, driving gets harder as the party gets better. Failed New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black couldn't make it out of a Hamptons driveway after a get-together at which she "was seen enjoying alcoholic beverages," hitting a tree or ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 20, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Citizen Bloomberg

    ​This week in the Voice, Harry Siegel reflects on what he views as the end of Mayor Mike Bloomberg's political career in light of his shaky third term "marked by the Snowpocalypse, the snowballing CityTime scandal, the backlash to Cathie Black and 'government by cocktail party,' and the reject ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    Michael Bloomberg Sued by Reporter Over Cathie Black Freedom of Information Requests

    ​Today, I am suing New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg. Last year, Bloomberg baffled New Yorkers when he appointed publishing executive Cathie Black to be the city's next schools chancellor. Black was an unpopular choice, and for months, responses to her appointment ran the gamut of ridicul ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 27, 2011

    Michael Bloomberg Faces Bogus $100 Million Lawsuit For Appointing Cathie Black

    ​A new class action lawsuit representing New York City parents was filed today in civil court against Mayor Michael Bloomberg for his highly controversial -- and ultimately unsuccessful -- appointment of magazine executive Cathie Black to the role of NYC schools chancellor. The suit demands $1 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 15, 2011

    Dennis Walcott Now Targeted By Same Gadflies Who Went after Cathie Black

    ​The Deny Waiver Coalition, which originally formed to oppose granting a waiver to Cathie Black, has a new target in mind: Dennis Walcott. "One week after the departure of an unqualified schools Chancellor, a new Chancellor has again been crowned without an appropriate process," the coalition ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Today in El Diario: So Long, Cathie Black

    ​ Community Happy that Cathie Black Gets the Boot Leaders of the immigrant community hope that Dennis Walcott, the new schools chancellor, will serve Latinos and immigrants better than the previous chancellor, Cathie Black, according to the Spanish-language daily.  Mayor Michael Bloomberg a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Top 10 Quotes About Cathie Black's Departure

    It's been a pretty eventful 24 hours on the education beat in New York City. Given how unpopular Cathie Black was before she even started as Chancellor, there was far less glee at her ouster than we were expecting. Many of her critics may be experiencing schadenfreude privately, but they weren't e ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 8, 2011

    Cathie Black's First After School Interview: 'I'm a Warrior'

    ​New York City's short-lived schools chancellor Cathie Black, who was fired yesterday after barely three months on the job, has given her first interview (save a quip to swarming reporters about her new running shoes) to Patricia Sellers at Fortune. "I feel fine," she said to Sellers, repeatin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Cathie Black Loses Another Deputy As Her Unpopularity Festers

    ​It's lonely at the top of Tweed Courthouse for schools Chancellor Cathie Black. Her approval rating is a dismal 17 percent (even lower than Mayor Bloomberg's, who appears so unhappy with his own unpopularity he spent millions on a self-promotional flier). And now, another deputy is leaving h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Cathie Black Out as NYC Schools Chancellor; Dennis Walcott Will Replace Her

    ​Cathie Black, the highly unpopular New York City schools chancellor, who just lost her fourth deputy, will be replaced by Dennis Walcott after just about 100 days in office, NY1 is reporting. More info as it comes!

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    New Schools Chancellor Offers Education Experience, Waffles

    ​At a press conference this morning, Mayor Bloomberg announced the appointment of Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott as Cathie Black's replacement as schools chancellor. Black, who was not present at the press conference, met with the mayor this morning and offered her resignation. In Bloomberg's wor ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Cathie Black, We'll Miss You: A Retrospective

    ​Cathie Black, the former magazine executive turned chancellor of New York City schools, is leaving her position after only about 100 days in office. Say it ain't so, Cathie! What will we do without your hilarious gaffes? Let's hope that Mayor Bloomberg's replacement Dennis M. Walcott, the Dep ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Charles Barron on Black's Ouster: Three Months 'Wasted'

    ​There are few bigger critics of Cathie Black than Councilman Charles Barron, who went so far as to get arrested protesting the school closings she presided over during her brief tenure as Chancellor. Yet Barron is not taking any pleasure or claiming victory with her ouster. We caught up with ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Cathie Black Collateral? Education Commissioner David Steiner Out Soon Too

    ​In the wake of this morning's Cathie Black news, in which she was replaced as schools chancellor after only four months, New York State Education Commissioner David Steiner is seemingly being shown the door too. The New York Post reports that although "Steiner has not yet made a decision" abo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 5, 2011

    No One Likes Cathie Black Yet: Approval Rating at 17%

    ​Since being named New York City schools chancellor 100 days ago, Cathie Black has not had an easy go of it. Her appointment was delayed by naysayers, getting the whole thing off to a bad start, but it was only made worse when she actually took over, making insensitive jokes about birth contro ... More >>

  • Columns

    February 23, 2011

    NYC Schools Disintegrating Under Bloomberg

    Suspended students, suspended education

  • Blogs

    February 11, 2011

    Magic Johnson Now Working as Alarm Clock for Kids Who Hate School

    ​Celebrities including R&B crooner Trey Songz and Magic Johnson are now helping wake up kids who don't want to go to school anymore. It's part of a plan called "Wake Up! NYC," which is attempting to get kids motivated to wake up in the morning and go to school. The celebrities taking part in t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 8, 2011

    New York Students Not Ready For College; Regents Are to Blame

    ​Cathie Black is going to get screamed at for this one! A new report says that just 23 percent of students who graduated from New York City public schools in 2009 were ready for college. This number, the New York Times reports, "is well under half the current graduation rate of 64 percent, a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 4, 2011

    12 More Schools Closed; Crowd Blasts Cathie Black; Mayor Bloomberg Blasts Crowd

    In front of a raucous crowd of 2,000 in Brooklyn (see video above), a New York City panel voted early this morning to close 12 more public schools, bringing the week's total carnage to 22. Jeered by the crowd, Mayor Bloomberg's schools chancellor, Cathie Black, held her tongue. On Tuesday, Black h ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 20, 2011

    Cathie Black Booed at Brooklyn Policy Meeting

    New Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, already embattled based on her lackluster qualifications and bad jokes, had a tough showing last night in Brooklyn, where she was booed audibly (and on video!) at an Educational Policy meeting, as reported by New York's Daily Intel and the New York Daily News. It ... More >>

  • Columns

    January 19, 2011
  • Blogs

    January 19, 2011

    This Week in the Voice: Kanye, Kanye, Kanye! And Cee Lo, Too, and the Biebs...

    ​Kanye West dominates the 38th Annual Pazz Jop Critics' Poll as albums winner, with 3250 points and 266 mentions for My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy, while crowd favorite Cee Lo Green snags singles winner with 187 mentions for "Fuck You." But there's tons more in this week's musical retros ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 18, 2011

    Inside the Great Cathie Black Media Blitz

    ​Today in How Reporters Report: Everyone got their panties in a twist when former city schools chancellor Joel Klein resigned last November and Mayor Bloomberg appointed Cathie Black -- a publishing exec with no discernible skills, background, or preparation for the job -- as his replace ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 15, 2011

    Cathie Black Just Can't Catch a Break (Video)

    ​Cathie Black is the new Joe Biden. A birth control joke by the novice Schools Chancellor at a parent-school official meeting, followed in quick succession by a Sophie's Choice allusion, have pissed people off royally. Oh come on! The first one's funny, at least.

  • Blogs

    January 14, 2011

    Cathie Black on Overcrowding: More Birth Control!

    ​"Fake Cathie Black," a joke Twitter account still in its comedic infancy, paints the next New York City Schools Chancellor as painfully out of touch with messages like, "I am 100% against closing schools tomorrow. My suggestion to students is to ask your drivers to add chains to the fleet's E ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 3, 2011

    Cathie Black, Embattled Chancellor, Starts First Day of School

    ​Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg's newly appointed Schools Chancellor, is starting her first day on the job with a tour of schools in each of the five boroughs. (Though it remains unclear whether she had ever been in a public school building before being nominated to lead the nation's largest sc ... More >>

  • Columns

    December 8, 2010

    The Education Emperor Wins, Kids Lose

    Black gets promoted from within the mayor's own head

  • Blogs

    December 7, 2010

    Cathie Black, Calling the Kettle Black?

    ​Whatever you think of her, Cathie Black is inarguably a by-the-dictionary unqualified choice for schools chancellor (hence the need for a waiver). It was her lack of traditional qualifications that probably made Mayor Bloomberg interested in her. And now, Black's come out of the gate swingin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 1, 2010

    Never Forget: Umbrellapocalypse 2010

    ​If you had the unfortunate pleasure of stepping outside today, you already know that it was one of the most gloomy days of all time. Along with the rain, winds were gusting at a crazy 50 miles per hour! That's a lot of blow! Look what it did to this Christmas tree at South Street Seaport. But ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Bloomberg's Schools No. 2 Pick: Test-Prep Principals Are "Weak"

    ​So now that it looks like Cathie Black will become chief publisher of the New York City Department of Education, so long as Mayor Bloomberg appoints longtime school administrator Shael Polakow-Suransky as her editorial director, what do we know about her prospective sidekick?

  • Blogs

    November 29, 2010

    Cathie Black Gets Waiver to Serve as New York City Schools Chancellor

    ​Despite all the Sturm und Drang, Cathie Black is poised to become the next New York City schools chancellor. Education Commissioner David Steiner passed the waiver needed -- due to her lack of education experience -- today, despite his advisory panel (and scores of others) recommending he den ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 27, 2010

    Cathie Black is Coming, But Only With Someone Who Can Actually Do Her Job

    ​Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg's choice to become New York City's Schools Chancellor, was in danger this week of having quit her job as the president of Hearst Magazines for nothing. A wave of discontent engulfed her nomination, including a "thumbs down" by the panel meant to approve her. (Eve ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    Fade to Black: Bloomy Schools Pick Cathie Black Is Down for the Count

    ​ Less than 24 hours after everyone decided that a special panel to evaluate Cathie Black as schools chancellor had to be in the tank for Mayor Bloomberg, the group voted an overwhelming thumbs down for the publishing exec. So much for assumptions. Black got just two out of eight votes on the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 24, 2010

    "Nobody Likes Cathie Black": This Week's Score Card

    ​Cathie Black, Mayor Bloomberg's Schools Chancellor appointee that nobody likes, is getting less popular with each passing day -- so unpopular, in fact, that she was given a big "thumbs down" by the panel chosen to evaluate her. Several groups, including city councilmen, state assemblymen, par ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 23, 2010

    Cathie Black's College Grades Are a State Secret

    ​Would-be schools chancellor Cathie Black's college transcripts have been released -- minus her grades, which were blacked out for privacy reasons by state and city officials. This official action is marvelously summed up in today's Daily News by education reporter, Meredith Kolodner: "The Cit ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Gloria Steinem Says Cathie Black's Problem is Named Bloomberg

    ​Here's Gloria Steinem on her fellow Ms. Magazine veteran, Cathie Black, summing up the politics surrounding the publishing exec's now-wobbly appointment as schools chancellor: Black, says Steinem, "is now paying the price of people's resentment of Bloomberg. ... People resent his third term. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 22, 2010

    Cathie Black's Appointment Generating More Pushback

    ​Over the weekend, Mayor Bloomberg experienced more pushback against Cathie Black, his choice for Chancellor of Schools. The only real variable in whether or not Bloomberg will get his choice is if State Education Commissioner David Steiner will grant Black a waiver or not, as she lacks the ne ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 18, 2010

    Cathie Black Waiting for Approval From an Office That Has Said 'No' Before

    Cathie Black: can she get a waiver?​Richard Mills, the same state education commissioner who gave Joel Klein a waiver to become chancellor in 2002, denied another waiver application in 2003. The reasons cited in that 9-page denial letter will no doubt impact the decision now facing Mills' su ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 17, 2010

    Cathie Black Opposed by the Same Old Handful of Loudmouth Gadflies

    Cathie Black: hated by the same old gang​Have you noticed that it's the same five or six people protesting Cathie Black's appointment as Chancellor of Schools the past couple of weeks? No? That's probably because her opposition has been hyped to seem like it's made of far more people than it i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 16, 2010

    Cathie Black Gets a Free Pass from Business Pal Mort Zuckerman's Editorial Page

    Cathie Black: What will she bling to the job?By Lily Altavena As backlash to Cathie Black's appointment as chancellor of New York City public schools mounts, the mayor remains mum while others question why he chose someone with such a lack of experience in education. The Daily News' editorial boar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Cathie Black, Schools Chancellor: Liked by Nobody. (Updated)

    ​Mayor Bloomberg's announcement last week appointing Hearst executive Cathie Black as the city's new schools chancellor drew a lot of skepticism -- and ire -- from critics who think the magazine publisher isn't qualified enough (or...at all) for running the city's public schools. Last week, a stat ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 11, 2010

    This Guy Really Doesn't Want Cathie Black To Have That New Job

    ​The backlash against Mayor Bloomberg's new pick for city schools chancellor didn't take long to gather steam. A state senator-elect with ties to the teacher's union is already vying to block Cathie Black, the former Hearst Magazines chairman, from taking the job. He's urging state officials to de ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 10, 2010

    Cathie Black, That Cosmo Girl, Deserves a Chance. For Now.

    ​Granted, it's hard to see how the tools for putting out Cosmopolitan (this month's lead article: "First, Take Off His Pants") and Seventeen ("Amazing Hair") instantly translate into running the nation's largest and most troubled public school system. But for the moment anyways, it might be wo ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Breaking: NYC Dept. of Education Chancellor Joel Klein Steps Down, Replaced by Cathie Black, Former Magazine Exec.

    ​At a press conference today, Joel Klein -- the chancellor of New York City's Department of Education announced that he is stepping down from his position, to be replaced by now-former Hearst chairperson Cathie Black. She is the second chancellor of New York City's Department of Education sinc ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 9, 2010

    Three Reasons Why You Should Be Upset About Cathie Black, New NYC Schools Chancellor

    ​Cathie Black, the former chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, was just appointed to one of the most powerful positions in New York City by Mayor Bloomberg. To massively understate the case, this is a big deal. Here's why you should be concerned about it:

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