A handful of retired New York City school teachers will hold a news conference in front of Hearst Tower tomorrow, to apply for Cathie Black’s job as head of the magazine publishing venture, now that Black appears to be on the cusp of being named head of the city’s schools.
The teachers, backed by the city’s Green Party, are arguing that–by dint of having read a magazine before–they are more qualified to run Hearst than Black is to run the Department of Education.
“We think Cathie Black is not qualified to take over the school system,” said Elizabeth Shanklin, a 30-year educator who is leading the protest. “So we think we educators who want to educate the public ought to vie for the position that she has vacated.”
The protest is slated to take place tomorrow at 11 a.m. at the Hearst Tower on 57th Street. No word on whether or not Hearst will actually accept the teachers’ applications, but Shanklin said it would be “great” if she were chosen to run the magazine publishing empire.
“I have many good ideas,” she said.
When asked if she would accept a number two with publishing experience to help her run the conglomerate, much as state education commissioner David Steiner insisted that Black have a second-in-command in charge of pedagogy, Shanklin said simply: “I would be happy to.”