Thursday, April 7, 2011

A Manager Must Appoint the Right People

I usually don't comment on political issues, but Mayor Michael Bloomberg made the biggest gaff in his three terms by appointing Cathie Black as Chancellor of the New York City school system.  Ms. Black was appointed  only 3 months ago with absolutely no educational experience.  Bloomberg said that her departure today was by mutual agreement.  Let's face it, you don't leave a job until you have secured another position.  To be blunt and to the point, Black was fired.  I observed from afar that she seemed extremely insensitive to issues facing school children and their parents.

This is a case of cronyism at its worst.  A manager in business or government must be fair and appoint the right person for the job.  Under the old system the Chancellor was appointed by the Board of Education, but Bloomberg changed the process to make that position a mayoral appointee.  Bloomberg appointed Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott as the new Chancellor.  At least he has some background and experience with the educational system in NYC.

Here is my suggestion to the next mayor of NYC.  Appoint a committee of parents, educators, and students to evaluate any and all applicants for the position of Schools Chancellor.  The committee will submit a short list of candidates to the Mayor who will make the appointment.

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