Friday, November 12, 2010
In a recent article in the Wall Street Journal, a member of the organization Save Our Schools is quoted in reference to Cathleen Black, the mayor's choice to replace Joel Klein as school chancellor this January. It seems her discussion with the reporter was not accurately reported and much of the context left out. CAPE supports the work of Save Our Schools (SOS), most importantly the fight against high-stakes testing. However, we do not agree to give Ms. Black "the benefit of the doubt." The members of CAPE reject Cathleen Black as a valid or even reasonable choice for our new chancellor and in no way see her as an ally. We have no illusions that the appointment of someone with zero experience or credentials in education is anything but another step in an agenda to undermine public education. We demand a qualified chancellor with a record of service to public education that can be publically judged. The law requires it. And our children deserve it.