View Full Version : All NYC Panel Unanimously Recommends Waiver for Dennis Walcott

04-14-2011, 10:18 AM
This from the N.Y. Times (http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2011/04/13/panel-unanimously-recommends-waiver-for-walcott/) by Sharon Otterman:
A state-appointed panel of educators unanimously recommended on Wednesday that Dennis M. Walcott be allowed to become the next chancellor of the New York City school system, ruling that his background in education and public life compensated for his lack of formal training for the position.

The panel, an advisory body, issued its decision along with a statement endorsing Mr. Walcott, the deputy mayor in charge of education, in the strongest of terms.

“It was clear to the entire panel that Mr. Walcott is, in fact, exceptionally qualified for the position,” wrote Marilyn C. Terranova, chairwoman of the screening panel and superintendent of the Eastchester Union Free School District in Westchester County.

The final decision now rests with David M. Steiner, the state education commissioner, who is expected to grant the waiver quickly. When confronted with a divided panel less than five months ago, Dr. Steiner mulled at length before issuing a waiver to Cathleen P. Black, Mr. Walcott’s predecessor, who resigned last week only 95 days on the job. In a compromise with Dr. Steiner, Ms. Black agreed to compensate for her lack of education credentials by installing an experienced educator as her chief deputy.

The last three New York City school chancellors — Ms. Black, a publishing executive; Joel I. Klein, a prosecutor and media executive; and Harold O. Levy, a corporate lawyer and former member of the state Board of Regents — have all received waivers. They all needed waivers because they were not certified as school district leaders. The certification requires several years of teaching experience and postgraduate work in education.

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