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Rise & Shine: City has to toss diplomas with Black's name

Change at the top:

  • Once tightly organized, the city Department of Education after Cathie Black’s tenure is in disarray. (Times)
  • Black’s downfall highlights the reality that the education reform debate is deadlocked. (Times)
  • City government employees had bets placed on when Bloomberg would fire Black. (Post)
  • Dennis Walcott was part of all of Bloomberg’s education decisions except the one to hire Black. (Post)
  • Walcott fielded the City Council’s questions but didn’t impress the UFT’s Michael Mulgrew. (Times)
  • The city is positioning Walcott as Black’s opposite, but their policies are no different. (Daily News)
  • Walcott spent part of his first day fielding questions on teacher layoffs. (Wall Street Journal)
  • Congregants at a Brooklyn church backed Walcott, but worried about their local schools. (Times, Post)
  • Having to reprint diplomas twice this year because of the chancellor switches is costly for the city. (Post)
  • Michael Goodwin: Bloomberg is dismissive of public opinion, so Black’s firing was a good step. (Post)
  • Andrew Wolf: Walcott represents just a continuation of Klein’s and Black’s policies. (Daily News)
  • Mike Lupica: Black’s hire was like when George Steinbrenner hired a football coach. (Daily News)
  • Michael Benjamin: Walcott has the charm, savvy and local ties that Klein and Black lacked. (Post)
  • Timothy Hacsi: School superintendent picks are increasingly made based on politics. (Times)
  • The Post doesn’t think it will like whoever Merryl Tisch chooses as the new commissioner.
  • Black conceded she was not prepared to be chancellor. (Fortune, Times, Post, Daily News)

In other news:

  • M.S. 223, one of the city’s best middle schools, is fighting to remain that way. (Times)
  • For district schools fighting off charter co-locations, it’s an uneven, uphill battle. (Times)
  • The teachers union and other groups called on the city to support, not close, failing schools. (Post)
  • Many teachers returned to the classroom from the rubber room after paying fines. (Post, NY1)
  • Walcott defended the policy, saying all teachers found guilty shouldn’t be punished the same way. (Post)
  • Families from the Brandeis HS building are suing to stop a charter school from moving in. (NY1, DN)
  • Bloomberg’s 2008 pension deal with teachers added $100 million a year to pension costs. (Post)
  • Brooklyn Heights parents want to expand P.S. 8 into a middle school. (Post)
  • Nearly 1 in 5 students who took the city’s private schools admission test got an inaccurate score. (Times)
  • The Board of Regents is considering relaxing “seat time” requirements to facilitate online learning. (Post)
  • Thousands of city teachers rallied in solidarity with their embattled colleagues in Wisconsin. (Post)
  • Teach for America founder Wendy Kopp sleeps in on Sundays — until 6 a.m. (Times)
  • Bronx Science’s salutatorian was accepted to six Ivy League universities. (Daily News)
  • Manhattan Media’s Tom Allon says changing the exam is one way to diversify Stuyvesant. (Daily News)
  • Regulation of for-profit education is threatening Kaplan, and the Washington Post. (Washington Post)
  • Low-income high school students picked up prom dresses at a gown giveaway. (Daily News)

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