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theschoolboards
11-12-2010, 10:14 AM
This from the N.Y. Times (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools):
Mayor Michael Bloomberg has appointed Cathleen Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, to succeed Joel Klein, who is stepping down as head of the New York City schools. As chancellor, Ms. Black (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/10/nyregion/10black.html) will oversee the country's largest school system, with a $23 billion budget, 135,000 employees and one million students.

Ms. Black, who like Mr. Klein comes from the business world, has no background in education (http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/nyregion/11schools.html?hp). She will need a waiver from the State Education Department; Mr. Klein, who is a lawyer by training, was granted one when he took over, in 2002.

Is it necessary to have any education background to run a school district? Or have business executives and other outsiders who have led public school systems shown that these departments are like other big institutions and not dependent on specific knowledge or experience?

These following experts weigh in with their opinions:


Rudy Crew (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/more-than-managing-assets) - chancellor of New York City Schools from 1995 to 1999 and superintendent of Miami-Dade County Schools from 2004 to 2008
Marcus Winters (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/an-outsider-perspective-isnt-bad) - senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute
Clara Hemphill (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/tell-us-why-cathleen-black-can-do-the-job) - senior editor at the Center for New York City Affairs at the New School and founding editor of Insideschools.org
Richard D. Kahlenberg (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/experience-and-trust-helps-in-the-classroom-and-the-union-hall) - senior fellow at the Century Foundation and author of “All Together Now: Creating Middle-Class Schools through Public School Choice”
Lance T. Izumi (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/pitfalls-from-a-lack-of-knowledge) - senior director of education studies at the Pacific Research Institute
Sandra Stotsky (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/school-bureaucrats-mumbo-jumbo) - professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas
Neal P. McCluskey (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/beyond-the-chancellors-office) - associate director of the Center for Educational Freedom at the Cato Institute
James Harvey (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/why-superintendents-stumble) - executive director of the National Superintendents Roundtable
Pedro Noguera (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/what-a-chancellor-needs-to-learn) - the Peter L. Agnew Professor of Education at New York University
C. Kent McGuire (http://www.nytimes.com/roomfordebate/2010/11/10/whos-qualified-to-run-new-york-city-schools/superintendents-who-ask-different-questions) - president and chief executive officer of the Southern Education Foundation and the former dean of the Temple University College of Education

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