Mayor Bloomberg told reporters to wait a few weeks before interviewing Black.
Black hasn't granted any interviews since being appointed last week.
"We'll get there," Bloomberg said, when asked when she would be available for an interview. "The woman has got to get up to speed. And it's just not fair to have you ask her questions of a technical thing."
Bloomberg went on to say that Black's job would be to manage the system of over one million students and 135,000 employees, while being guided by policy experts.
"I don't know everything about every agency that I supervise," he added. "My job is to pick the right people, get them here, keep them working together, giving them the support they need and then they use their expertise. That's her job in the Department of Education."
I can understand how somebody from outside education might not be able to talk about technical issues regarding curriculum and the like, but how is it that Ms. Black cannot seem to even talk about general issues in education?
Seriously, she ought to be able to parrot the ed deform crap they play on Oprah or write in the papers.
But given the tight reins that Bloomberg has put on her with the press, it looks like she can't even do that.
The Times reports that she has been calling NY politicians to introduce herself and garner support for her appointment, but even there she is "maddeningly vague" about education policy and issues:
Almost all of them said it was impossible, even after speaking with Ms. Black, to glean her educational philosophy or determine exactly how she intended to run the school system. When Marty Markowitz, the Brooklyn borough president, asked why she wanted a job so far afield from her media career, Ms. Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, replied “that she wanted to make a difference,” he recalled.
A difference how?