The Panel for Educational Policy "...the lawless Panel was set up in 2002. Bloomberg did away with a vote for school boards and local school boards. We, the public, have no representation by election of any person currently sitting in positions of deciding our children's futures," wrote Betsy Combier in the NYC Rubber Room Reporter.
If Mayor Bloomberg did away with the board of education the Legislature still "continued" in the Act to amend the Education Law of 2002 and 2010, and the Panel for Educational policy he created has no legal authority because it is not the "board of education" named in the law, the certificate the Commissioner of Education issued to Cathie Black is open to legal challenges and invalid. The only way for a certificate to be issued to her is through an entity specifically named the "board of education" in the Act to amend the Education Law of 2002 and 2010.
Since Joel Klein steps down at the end of December, the Mayor has to appoint another person that fully has the education and training the Education Law stipulates where an alternative route is not needed as is the case with Mrs. Black who does not meet the qualifications. The request can not come from the Mayor, the procedure set up in Education Law stipulates it has to come from the "board of education" the one dissolved in 2002 replaced with the Panel for Educational Policy.
Commissioner Steiner erred in accepting the request from Mayor Bloomberg to issue a professional certificate to Cathie Black.