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Thursday, December 30, 2010

Cathie Black's On The Job Training

Assemblyman Hakeem Jeffries on the decision to uphold Cathie Black's state waiver to be NYC schools chancellor despite her lack of experience and education qualifications:

"The appointment of someone who appears to require on-the-job training ... will just further erode the ability of the education system to adequately prepare our children for the challenges of the 21st century."

I dunno - on-the-job training seemed to work so well during the Bloomberg Blizzard cleanup:

In an exclusive interview with NY1 later in the day, Department of Sanitation Commissioner John Doherty admitted that the massive blizzard that swept across the city got ahead of the department and that he was forced to use workers who had less training than usual.

"They only went to school for two weeks, they usually would go for a month,” Doherty said. "I put them out there on Sunday I said ‘You’re out on the street. They said: ‘We’ve only had a couple days of driving.’ ‘ I want you in the truck with a seasoned guy, You’re going to learn on the job, real time, real conditions, get the job done.'"

Oh, wait - I guess using on-the-job trainees to plow the snow actually worked horribly.

So why does anybody think using an on-the-job trainee to deal with the school system is a good idea?

Oh, wait again - the guy who REALLY thinks this is a good idea is the same guy who said the snowstorm was no big deal and that people should go shopping and take in a Broadway show rather than complain about being stuck on the LIE for 18 hours in a snowbank.

Maybe we shouldn't give much credence to what this man thinks?

And maybe we shouldn't give much credence to the magazine publisher he put into place to run the schools?

Every decision she makes as chancellor, the refrain from the troops should be "What do you know about it? You're an on-the-job trainee."

Remember, folks, she starts this job DAMAGED.

She has no experience and no credentials for this job.

She doesn't even seem remotely interested in education.

The press has already gone after her for the stupid things she says.

The only reason we haven't heard any new Cathie Black gaffes lately is because she hasn't been visiting schools the last week.

But as soon as the spotlight goes back on her, the gaffes will continue.

She'll continue to say things like this, this, this, this, this, and this.

She can't help herself.

She is as privileged and clueless as Bloomberg himself.

So yeah, it sucks that the state supreme court backed up Bloomberg and Steiner on this, but it's not really a surprise.

These guys are politicians too.

And what politician in this state ISN'T in Bloomberg's pocket?

But let us all remember the battering Black has taken in the press already, the battering Bloomberg took for picking her, and the battering Bloomberg has taken over the Bloomberg Blizzard disaster.

Both Bloomberg and Black are vulnerable.

They can be beaten.

On school closures, on layoffs, on budget cuts, on testing and the TDR's - they can be beaten.

Let's start with Chancellor-In-Training Black on Monday.


  1. I thought the position of Chancellor of the NYC Schools was supposed to be a job in which the leader cares about kids....

  2. Nope - the position of Chancellor is supposed to go to the person who despises teachers and gov't workers the most.