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Rise & Shine: Profile paints Black as relentless self-promoter

News from New York City:

  • A profile of Cathie Black paints her as a self-promoter with a big mouth and a deep Rolodex. (NY Mag)
  • The profile reveals that Black tried and failed not to use her Blackberry at PEP meetings. (Daily News)
  • A big test for Black will be whether she is taken seriously when she lobbies in Albany. (Daily News)
  • A legal pathway out of “last in, first out” seniority layoff rules has precedent in California. (Post)
  • The principal of PS 272 worries that her progress will be undone if young teachers are laid off. (Post)
  • The number of city schools not meeting federal performance guidelines could double this week. (Post)
  • A city teacher successfully sued so her learning disabled son can attend private school. (Daily News)
  • A lawsuit alleges dangerous conditions in Riker’s Island’s juvenile detention facility. (NY Mag)
  • A Queens lawmaker is again calling on the city to close schools on the Lunar New Year. (Daily News)
  • Mayor Bloomberg defended Black by belittling those who protested against her. (NY1, Daily News, Post)
  • People petition the PEP even though its conclusions are foregone, Michael Winerip writes. (Times)
  • Preordained results like those at PEP meetings are antidemocratic, Michael Daly says. (Daily News)
  • The Post says Bloomberg was right to criticize the protestors, especially Michael Mulgrew.
  • Parents and teachers at PS 114 are relieved that the school hasn’t been closed — yet. (NY1)
  • The Brooklyn principal who let teachers drink at a school event is quitting in June. (Post)
  • The Post says some city students deserve to be waterboarded, and the NYCLU shouldn’t help them.
  • The Daily News says a UFT map of school closures doesn’t represent the issue accurately.

And beyond:

  • The State Board of Regents is set to take steps to change the law to charge GED test-takers a fee. (Post)
  • Gov. Cuomo says any school budget cuts should include superintendent salary caps. (Times)
  • Wealthy donors are saving Catholic schools, and specifying how they change. (Times)
  • Eight teachers have thrown their hats in the ring for the presidency of Los Angeles’s union. (L.A. Times)
  • Richard Whitmire says D.C.’s example shows that firing-rule changes are necessary but messy. (Post)
  • The Obama Administration is pushing science, but nationwide science fairs are on the wane. (Times)
  • In Boston, charter schools are opening at a rapid clip. (Boston Globe)
  • D.C.’s neighborhood and selective schools are found to be funded unequally. (Washington Post)
  • New Jersey officials are moving quickly to pick Newark’s next superintendent. (N.J. Spotlight)

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