"These tests are harmful. They do nothing but stress us out and take away precious learning time. They don't make learning fun, they are all-consuming. ... We do not learn from these tests. Do we not go to school to learn?" Owen Hotaling, a freckled fifth grader in a sweatshirt and a bright red kn ... More >>
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 >>
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 >>
Black gets promoted from within the mayor's own head
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?
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 >>
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 >>
Are No Child Left Behind and Bloomberg's report cards pushing schools to go grade-grubbing?