Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the state should abolish a law requiring that all school chiefs in New York have at least three years’ experience in schools and hold a professional certificate in educational leadership. These background requirements can’t adequately assess whether a candidate is poised to lead the nation’s largest school system, he said Tuesday.
Earlier this month, Bloomberg selected Cathie Black, a media executive with no education experience or credentials, to succeed Joel Klein as the city’s schools chancellor. The mayor is seeking a waiver for Black’s appointment from David Steiner, the state’s education commissioner.
A panel advising Steiner on the decision was slated to meet Tuesday to discuss Black’s qualifications and come up with a recommendation. The education commissioner is empowered to grant a waiver for “exceptionally qualified persons,” according to state law.