A commenter at Gotham Schools pulls out this telling quotation from the article:
“Well, too many people will say, ‘I don’t have the money.’ But the smartest principals will figure out ‘How do I reallocate my resources for the things I think are most important in my own school? The teacher evaluation, the … all of the work now in terms of curriculum development, for the core standards.’ This is going to be a game-changer. But it’s a lot of hard slogging, also. Then we have, with the new schools, whether they be charter schools or just new approaches … they’re very exciting. But too many people are afraid of change. They’re very wed to whatever they truly believe in. So obviously there’s a lot of noise about that.”
WTF is she talking about ?
I dunno, and she doesn't either.
Geez, put a gag on her.
Or keep her away from the booze.
Meanwhile, back at City Hall, Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott explains Bloomberg's rationale for hiring Black:
Yet her main task for the next three years is to win grassroots hearts and minds so that the changes go down more smoothly and the results generate more love for Bloomberg. “The distrust in the system is real. We understand that,” says Dennis Walcott, Bloomberg’s deputy mayor for education and community development. “But at the local level, for the most part, people think their child is doing better and getting a better education. Part of our challenge is to make sure people understand the connection to Tweed and to this administration. Cathie is acclimating herself to this new world, but her style and personality will allow people to see things differently and hear them differently and build trust where people are distrustful.”
Man, Walcott must be drinking the same shit Cathie Black is if he thinks Black is going to engender more trust from teachers, parents and students PK (post-Klein).
So far, what Black has engendered is blunder after blunder, faux pas after faux pas, and comparisons to Sarah Palin.
Not exactly an auspicious start to her chancellorship.
I suspect that Cathie with an 'i' Black will make it through this school year and then, come June, quietly decide that as a 67 year old, she wants to spend more time with her family in retirement and Testbot Shael Polakow Suransky, her deputy chancellor, will take over operations from her.
Doubtful that Testbot Shael will engender any more trust than Black.
But at least he can talk the ed deform jive with tripping over his tongue.