I hope not.
Wasn't it obvious Steiner would cave and give Bloomberg his Cathie with an "i" Black as chancellor?
Steiner is a toady and a stooge. You don't get to be in his position without being a toady and a stooge. The politicians in charge and the corporate money behind them want that, and in Steiner, that's what they got.
That's why this piece of puffery the Times published about him yesterday was laugh out loud funny.
It said Steiner was taking this waiver matter very seriously.
Of COURSE he was taking it seriously - if Steiner screwed it up and didn't give Bloomberg what he wanted, he knew he would never work in ed deform circles in NY State ever again.
We're talking about taking a considerable loss of income here.
But now that Steiner has caved, he and his family can breathe a sigh of relief - the ed deform largesse will continue to roll in for him via Bloomberg/Broad/Gates charities once he leaves the NYSED for good.
The toady will get his green toadstool.
As for Bloomberg, he got what he wanted too.
Sure he had to rename this deputy chancellor's title from "Chief Accountability Officer" to "Chief Academic Officer" - but so what?
You can bet it's all smoke and mirrors jive to give Steiner cover to grant the waiver.
And of course, it worked.
As of Monday, November 29, 2010, Cathie Black is the new NYC schools chancellor.
Let the cost-cutting and layoffs with a smile begin.