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Senseless ‘certificate’

Monday, November 29, 2010

Mayor Bloomberg's selection of veteran publishing executive Cathie Black to succeed Joel Klein as New York City's schools chancellor has at least temporarily collided with a state law requiring that school-system heads possess a "superintendent's certificate."

State Education Commissioner David Steiner has the authority to waive that requirement -- as his predecessor did for Klein eight years ago -- if he deems the candidate "exceptionally qualified" on the basis of experience, training, etc. On Friday, as his predecessors have typically done in similar situations, Steiner named an eight-member panel to review Black's qualifications and advise him regarding Bloomberg's waiver request.

Continue reading Chester Finn in the New York Post