Saturday, April 9, 2011
Bloomberg asked Steiner for another waiver
New York state education commissioner, David M. Steiner is resigning effective this year. Mayor Michael Bloomberg once again has asked Commissioner Steiner to issue another waiver for his chancellor-designate, Dennis Walcott. He appointed Walcott to the post Thursday after he asked Cathy Black to step down only three months in office. In a letter he sent to Commissioner Steiner, Thursday immediately following Black's abrupt resignation, the Mayor cited Mr. Walcott as his, "point person" throughout his tenure as Mayor. Mr. Walcott certainly is more qualified for the position than his predecessor Cathie Black. If there is a problem with Walcott it's his relationship to the Mayor, the idea that he has been his "point man" since his tenure in office, helping Bloomberg to wrestle control of the schools in 2002 from the people of New York City. While his other problem is that he is not viewed as an educational leader or experienced at the helm of a large educational corporation such as NYC Schools, one of the largest in the nation. But the problem is not so much Walcott but Mayor Bloomberg and mayoral control of the NYC Schools. The major challenge facing Mr. Walcott is assembling a leadership team after four or five top officials jumped ship under the dubious three months tenure of Cathie Black where her public gaffes got to be so embarrassing she had to be accompanied to events while others sometimes spoke for her or on her behalf.