The Daily News reports the mayor turned on Chancellor Klein after the test score fiasco, the loss to the UFT and the NAACP in the school closures lawsuit, and polls showed Klein was very unpopular with the public and most people did not believe the mayor had improved the city's school system.
The mayor, who sees education as the signature accomplishment of his three terms, doesn't like that a majority of the city do not see it as an accomplishment at all.
The News article, which has five writers on the byline and claims six sources with knowledge of the relationship between the two men, says Klein wasn't exactly pushed out but he no longer had the power and juice he once had within the administration.
So he left on his own accord.
The article also says Cathie Black was hired because she is sunnier than Klein and is a specialist in "salesmanship."
Speculation on the blogs has been that Klein was pushed by Bloomberg because he plans to run for mayor in 2012 and the sour and dour Klein, very unpopular with the public and especially women, was an albatross around his political neck.
This News article, while not addressing the presidential run in 2012, seems to confirm that angle on the resignation.
The other thing that is interesting about the article is the care the News takes to document that they have six sources with knowledge of the relationship between the two men.
Interestingly enough, Howard Wolfson's name never comes up in the article. Wolfson, the mayor's communications director, comes up in almost every article about Bloomberg these days.
I have to wonder if Wolfson is one of those anonymous sources. It is clearly in Bloomberg's interest to get the story out that Klein, while not pushed, was encouraged to leave because the mayor was not happy with Klein's "performance" lately.
At least, that's how I read this.
Klein doesn't push back against Bloomberg in this article. Rather he just says in a statement the article is wrong, that he left simply to start a new career in media, not because his relationship with Bloomberg had "cooled."
It will be interesting to see if we don't see a Klein push back against Bloomberg somewhere else - like in the Post or the Wall Street Journal, two media publications owned by Klein's new employer, Rupert Murdoch.