Clifford the Big Red Dog for Chancellor of the Department of Education!

jwj capitol 0100 0 Clifford the Big Red Dog for Chancellor of the Department of Education!New York is still reeling from Mayor Bloomberg’s appointment of Cathie Black, chairwoman of Hearst magazines, to Chancellor of the City’s Department of Education. This morning Bloomberg attributed the decision to Black’s management skills, but his choice still raises more questions than it answers. Even if media executive experience translates to city government (as Bloomberg has arguably proven), why Hearst? Why not public television? Or textbook publishing? If we’d known Mayor Bloomberg cast a net so wide it reached women’s magazines, these would have been our nominees.

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