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Rise & Shine: Opposition mounts to Cathie Black's appointment

Changes at the top, week 2:

  • Thirteen of 51 City Council members oppose Cathie Black’s appointment as chancellor. (WSJ)
  • They include Robert Jackson, chair of the council’s education committee. (Times, NY1)
  • Dozens of advocates demonstrated yesterday against Black’s appointment. (NY1, WNYC, Post)
  • Mayor Bloomberg won’t be able to make the same arguments for Black as he did for Joel Klein. (Times)
  • Little evidence has emerged that Bloomberg spoke to anyone else about the job. (Post)
  • Bloomberg didn’t even tell Education Commissioner David Steiner about his pick. (Daily News)
  • UFT President Michael Mulgrew says Bloomberg’s secrecy was an abuse of authority. (Daily News)
  • Most districts do public superintendent searches; experts say secrecy isn’t needed. (Times)
  • Non-educators lead only 5 percent of the country’s 200 largest school systems. (Crain’s NY)
  • After some hesitation, Black says she will quit corporate boards if appointed. (Times)
  • Friends of Black say she isn’t afraid to do what she thinks is right. (Daily News)
  • Black’s school experience is limited to a Catholic, a boarding, and a charter school. (Times)
  • Eva Moskowitz says Black should focus first on school choice and middle-class families. (Daily News)
  • Klein will likely work on developing online education efforts at News Corp. (NY Mag)
  • Joe Nocera muses on Joel Klein’s relationship with the business world. (Times)
  • Education Secretary Arne Duncan says he is confident Klein’s legacy will live on. (Daily News)
  • Is losing Joel Klein part of Bloomberg’s strategy for running for president in 2012? (Post)

In other news:

  • The athletic director at Erasmus Hall HS had a heart attack — on the school’s PA system. (AP)
  • Stuyvesant HS is cracking down on off-campus pot-smoking. (Post)
  • The city is trying to fire a Harlem principal and assistant principal who had an on-the-job affair. (Post)
  • More than 100 teachers and 135 safety agents were added to the city payroll since Sept. 21. (Post)
  • The Daily News says the worse-than-known achievement gap merits big changes. (Daily News)
  • Some are saying that Newark is already squandering its $100 million Facebook gift. (AP)
  • A new plan for reviving Haiti’s schools is based on post-Katrina New Orleans. (Times)

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