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  • Leonie Haimson
    Guess that they didn t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her. They seem to want to keep her
    Message 1 of 8 , Dec 1, 2010

       

      Guess that they didn’t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.

       

      They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’s supposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’d want her out there.

       

      http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html

       

       

      Schools chief back in hiding? »

      By Glenn Blain

      After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.

      Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.

      Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.

      Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access to Black while she visits schools.

      “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."

      It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.

      The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of experience in education.

      Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?

      No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still waiting to find out.



      Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S

       

       

      http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-know/?ref=nyregion

       

      December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

      If You’ve Seen Cathie, Let Us Know

      By SHARON OTTERMAN

      Cathleen P. Black

      Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black?

      The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to know the nation’s largest public school system. The Department of Education acknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.

      “Today’s visits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.

      The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms. Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.

      Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurred during Ms. Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.

      “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters over your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”

      Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s process in selecting her was so secretive that even some of his senior advisers did not participate.

      So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have you seen Cathie Black today?

      Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.

       

       

       

    • Leonie Haimson
      Sorry; I meant Nicole Bush. http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/on-her-first-day-black-reads-to -first-graders/comment-page-1/#comment-810725 Leonie
      Message 2 of 8 , Dec 1, 2010

        Sorry; I meant Nicole Bush.

         

        http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/on-her-first-day-black-reads-to-first-graders/comment-page-1/#comment-810725

         

         

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        From: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com [mailto:nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Leonie Haimson
        Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 1:22 PM
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        Guess that they didn’t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.

         

        They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’s supposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’d want her out there.

         

        http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html

         

         

        Schools chief back in hiding? »

        By Glenn Blain

        After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.

        Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.

        Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.

        Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access to Black while she visits schools.

        “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."

        It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.

        The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of experience in education.

        Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?

        No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still waiting to find out.



        Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S

         

         

        http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-know/?ref=nyregion

         

        December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

        If You’ve Seen Cathie, Let Us Know

        By SHARON OTTERMAN

        Cathleen P. Black

        Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black?

        The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to know the nation’s largest public school system. The Department of Education acknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.

        “Today’s visits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.

        The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms. Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.

        Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurred during Ms. Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.

        “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters over your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”

        Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s process in selecting her was so secretive that even some of his senior advisers did not participate.

        So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have you seen Cathie Black today?

        Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.

         

         

         

      • Mona Davids
        http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2010/12/cathie-blacks-says-stupid-shit-already.html Cathie Blacks Says Stupid Shit Already NY1 reports Cathie Black
        Message 3 of 8 , Dec 1, 2010

          http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2010/12/cathie-blacks-says-stupid-shit-already.html

          Cathie Blacks Says Stupid Shit Already


          NY1 reports Cathie Black responded to parents' concerns about her tenure as chancellor with the following statement:
          "I feel fantastic," said Black in the Upper East Side. "I just went to a couple of parties and people said, "How wonderful. Thank you for doing this for the city.' And I feel great."
          Omigod, Cathie, you went to some parties on the Upper East Side and people wearing big white Barbara Bush pearls with cucumber martinis in their hands and hedge fund managers in their families thanked you for helping to educate the children of "those" people!

          How exciting!

          Good grief, I can't decide if Cathie Black is Harriet Miers or Marsha Brady from that statement.

          Seriously that might be the dumbest thing I have heard from a person in public in the last five years who didn't have the name Sarah Palin written on her name tag.

          I do know one thing for certain after one day of Chancellor Cathie with an "i" Black - she says really, really stupid stuff.

          If I were Bloomberg, I might put the media gag back on her.
          On Dec 1, 2010, at 1:22 PM, Leonie Haimson wrote:


           

          Guess that they didn’t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.

           

          They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’s supposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’d want her out there.

           

          http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html

           

           

          Schools chief back in hiding? »

          By Glenn Blain

          After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.

          Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.

          Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.

          Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access to Black while she visits schools.

          “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."

          It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.

          The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of experience in education.

          Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?

          No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still waiting to find out.



          Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S

           

           

          http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-know/?ref=nyregion

           

          December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

          If You’ve Seen Cathie, Let Us Know

          By SHARON OTTERMAN

          <image001.jpg>

          Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black?

          The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to know the nation’s largest public school system. TheDepartment of Education acknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.

          “Today’s visits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.

          The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms. Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.

          Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurred during Ms. Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.

          “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters over your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”

          Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s process in selecting her was so secretive that even some of his senior advisers did not participate.

          So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have you seen Cathie Black today?

          Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.

           

           

           



        • monica_ayuso@hotmail.com
          So do we currently have 2 Chancellors and a half and are we paying her now or is Hearst paying her? Sent via BlackBerry by a PARENT in the kNOw! ... From: Mona
          Message 4 of 8 , Dec 1, 2010
            So do we currently have 2 Chancellors and a half and are we paying her now or is Hearst paying her?

            Sent via BlackBerry by a PARENT in the kNOw!


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            http://perdidostreetschool.blogspot.com/2010/12/cathie-blacks-says-stupid-shit-already.html

            Cathie Blacks Says Stupid Shit Already


            NY1 reports Cathie Black responded to parents' concerns about her tenure as chancellor with the following statement:
            "I feel fantastic," said Black in the Upper East Side. "I just went to a couple of parties and people said, "How wonderful. Thank you for doing this for the city.' And I feel great."
            Omigod, Cathie, you went to some parties on the Upper East Side and people wearing big white Barbara Bush pearls with cucumber martinis in their hands and hedge fund managers in their families thanked you for helping to educate the children of "those" people!

            How exciting!

            Good grief, I can't decide if Cathie Black is Harriet Miers or Marsha Brady from that statement.

            Seriously that might be the dumbest thing I have heard from a person in public in the last five years who didn't have the name Sarah Palin written on her name tag.

            I do know one thing for certain after one day of Chancellor Cathie with an "i" Black - she says really, really stupid stuff.

            If I were Bloomberg, I might put the media gag back on her.
            On Dec 1, 2010, at 1:22 PM, Leonie Haimson wrote:


             

            Guess that they didn’t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.

             

            They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’s supposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’d want her out there.

             

            http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html

             

             

            Schools chief back in hiding? »

            By Glenn Blain

            After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.

            Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.

            Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.

            Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access to Black while she visits schools.

            “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."

            It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.

            The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of experience in education.

            Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?

            No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still waiting to find out.



            Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S

             

             

            http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-know/?ref=nyregion

             

            December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

            If You’ve Seen Cathie, Let Us Know

            By SHARON OTTERMAN

            <image001.jpg>

            Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black?

            The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to know the nation’s largest public school system. TheDepartment of Education acknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.

            “Today’s visits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.

            The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms. Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.

            Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurred during Ms. Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.

            “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters over your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”

            Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s process in selecting her was so secretive that even some of his senior advisers did not participate.

            So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have you seen Cathie Black today?

            Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.

             

             

             



          • Mathman180@aol.com
            Lindsey Christ did a fairly sharp-tongued report on Ms. Black s hiding early this afternoon. She also noted that NY1 and other (unnamed) news organizations
            Message 5 of 8 , Dec 1, 2010
              Lindsey Christ did a fairly sharp-tongued report on Ms. Black's "hiding" early this afternoon. She also noted that NY1 and other (unnamed) news organizations were submitting a letter to the DOE requesting that Ms. Black's itinerary be made public every day. Kudos to Lindsey for not backing down, even on camera.

              The longer this "hiding" and non-communicating goes on, the more Ms. Black reminds me of Sarah Palin, only "You betcha!" has been replaced by "Great!", as in "I feel great!" and "It was great!" Sheesh! Maybe the book Ms. Black read to kids on today's mystery school visit should be "Where's Waldo?"

              Steve Koss


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              Guess that they didn’t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.
               
              They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’s supposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’d want her out there.
               
               
               

              Schools chief back in hiding? »

              By Glenn Blain
              After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.
              Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.
              Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.
              Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access to Black while she visits schools.
              “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."
              It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.
              The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of experience in education.
              Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?
              No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still waiting to find out.
               
               
               
              December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

              If You’ve Seen Cathie, Let Us Know

              By SHARON OTTERMAN
              Cathleen P. Black
              Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black?
              The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to know the nation’s largest public school system. The Department of Education acknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.
              “Today’s visits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.
              The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms. Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.
              Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurred during Ms. Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.
              “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters over your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”
              Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s process in selecting her was so secretive that even some of his senior advisers did not participate.
              So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have you seen Cathie Black today?
              Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.
               
               
               
            • nealhugh@aol.com
              They cannot afford a single mistake now and they know that...smart but unacceptable...extremely bad for MB and sad...throwing away the likability and
              Message 6 of 8 , Dec 1, 2010
                They cannot afford a single mistake now and they know that...smart but unacceptable...extremely bad for MB and sad...throwing away the likability and credibility factors that elected him!
                Just completely botched...and I think all said and done he knows this...

                The hope is that she will be terrific and then he can kvell...

                Dismayed here...

                Best, Neal
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                Lindsey Christ did a fairly sharp-tongued report on Ms. Black's "hiding" early this afternoon. She also noted that NY1 and other (unnamed) news organizations were submitting a letter to the DOE requesting that Ms. Black's itinerary be made public every day. Kudos to Lindsey for not backing down, even on camera.

                The longer this "hiding" and non-communicating goes on, the more Ms. Black reminds me of Sarah Palin, only "You betcha!" has been replaced by "Great!", as in "I feel great!" and "It was great!" Sheesh! Maybe the book Ms. Black read to kids on today's mystery school visit should be "Where's Waldo?"




                Steve Koss




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                Guess that they didn’t like herhaving to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actualquestions for her.

                They seem to want to keep her completelywrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’ssupposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’dwant her out there.

                http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html


                Schoolschief back in hiding? »
                By Glenn Blain
                After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellorunder wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visitsto schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and MeredithKolodner.
                Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school onTuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed offquestions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated toclose. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And theEducation Department has refused to allow any interviews with the newchancellor.
                Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be,to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein,whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.
                Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requestsfor access to Black while she visits schools.
                “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talkingwith principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what ishappening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said."Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such anopen and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and privatevisits."
                It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be infront of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, aswell as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.
                The media executive has been the center of front-page headlinesfor weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack ofexperience in education.
                Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: Whatschools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the onesdeemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion onbudget cuts?
                No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parentsof 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are stillwaiting to find out.


                Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S


                http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-know/?ref=nyregion

                December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm
                If You’veSeen Cathie, Let Us Know
                BySHARON OTTERMAN

                Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Wherein the World is Cathie Black?
                The newschools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she wouldvisit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to knowthe nation’s largest public school system. The Department of Educationacknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but wouldnot reveal where it is.
                “Today’svisits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for theDepartment of Education.
                The NewYork Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms.Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that thevisits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to publicschools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the schoolsystem.
                Even ifthe reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurredduring Ms.Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.
                “Partof being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachersand parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their schoolcommunity,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters overyour shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”
                Ms. Blackhas not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizationssince her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’sprocess in selecting her was so secretive that even some of hissenior advisers did not participate.
                So CityRoom is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visitsbe secret? Which schools shouldshe visit? And haveyou seen Cathie Black today?
                Update: Ms. Ravitz justsaid that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited onWednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.
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                  --- In nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com, "Leonie Haimson" <leonie@...> wrote:
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                  > Sorry; I meant Nicole Bush.
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                  > [mailto:nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Leonie Haimson
                  > Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 1:22 PM
                  > To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
                  > Subject: [nyceducationnews] Schools chief back in hiding?
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Guess that they didn't like her having to respond to real parents, like
                  > Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected
                  > from the public...weird when she's supposed to have such great 'people
                  > skills" you'd think they'd want her out there.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in
                  > -hiding.html
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Schools
                  > <http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-i
                  > n-hiding.html> chief back in hiding? >
                  >
                  >
                  > By Glenn Blain
                  >
                  > After keeping the mayor's new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for
                  > three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a
                  > secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.
                  >
                  > Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday,
                  > but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions
                  > about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close.
                  > Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education
                  > Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.
                  >
                  > Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no
                  > avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose
                  > visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.
                  >
                  > Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access
                  > to Black while she visits schools.
                  >
                  > "Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals,
                  > teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their
                  > school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras
                  > and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest
                  > exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."
                  >
                  > It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new
                  > boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down
                  > schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.
                  >
                  > The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on
                  > end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of
                  > experience in education.
                  >
                  > Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she
                  > visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed
                  > "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?
                  >
                  > No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1
                  > million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still
                  > waiting to find out.
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > Read more:
                  > <http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-i
                  > n-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S>
                  > http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in
                  > -hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-kno
                  > w/?ref=nyregion
                  >
                  >
                  >
                  > December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm
                  >
                  >
                  > If You've Seen Cathie, Let Us Know
                  >
                  > By SHARON OTTERMAN
                  > <http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/author/sharon-otterman/>
                  >
                  > Cathleen P. Black
                  >
                  > Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black
                  > <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/cathleen_p_bla
                  > ck/index.html?inline=nyt-per> ?
                  >
                  > The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday
                  > that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as
                  > she gets to know the nation's largest public school system. The Department
                  > of Education <http://schools.nyc.gov/default.htm> acknowledged that she is
                  > on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.
                  >
                  > "Today's visits are private," said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the
                  > Department of Education.
                  >
                  > The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms.
                  > Black's daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits
                  > are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools
                  > and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.
                  >
                  > Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as
                  > occurred during Ms.
                  > <http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/on-her-first-day-black-reads-t
                  > o-first-graders/> Black's first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz
                  > said.
                  >
                  > "Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals,
                  > teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their
                  > school community," Ms. Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters over
                  > your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange."
                  >
                  > Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news
                  > organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has
                  > reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg
                  > <http://topics.nytimes.com/top/reference/timestopics/people/b/michael_r_bloo
                  > mberg/index.html?inline=nyt-per> 's process in selecting her was so
                  > secretive that even some of his
                  > <http://www.nytimes.com/2010/11/11/nyregion/11search.html> senior advisers
                  > did not participate.
                  >
                  > So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black's public
                  > school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have
                  > <http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-kn
                  > ow/#respond> you seen Cathie Black today?
                  >
                  > Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the
                  > schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit
                  > for correct guesses.
                  >
                • Carla M. Phillip
                  Missing already? Carla M. Phillip To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com From: leonie@att.net Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:30:20 -0500 Subject: RE:
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                    To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
                    From: leonie@...
                    Date: Wed, 1 Dec 2010 13:30:20 -0500
                    Subject: RE: [nyceducationnews] Schools chief back in hiding?

                     

                    Sorry; I meant Nicole Bush.

                     

                    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/11/30/on-her-first-day-black-reads-to-first-graders/comment-page-1/#comment-810725

                     

                     


                    From: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com [mailto:nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com] On Behalf Of Leonie Haimson
                    Sent: Wednesday, December 01, 2010 1:22 PM
                    To: nyceducationnews@yahoogroups.com
                    Subject: [nyceducationnews] Schools chief back in hiding?

                     

                     

                     

                    Guess that they didn’t like her having to respond to real parents, like Sharon Bush, yesterday, who had actual questions for her.

                     

                    They seem to want to keep her completely wrapped up in a bubble, protected from the public…..weird when she’s supposed to have such great ‘people skills” you’d think they’d want her out there.

                     

                    http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html

                     

                     

                    Schools chief back in hiding? »

                    By Glenn Blain

                    After keeping the mayor’s new pick for schools chancellor under wraps for three weeks, the Education Department is now keeping her visits to schools a secret, reports the Daily News' Rachel Monahan and Meredith Kolodner.
                    Cathie Black made her first public foray into a public school on Tuesday, but stopped only briefly to chat with reporters. She brushed off questions about school policy - such as how to deal with schools slated to close. Reporters were barred from touring the school with Black. And the Education Department has refused to allow any interviews with the new chancellor.
                    Reporters have repeatedly requested to know where Black will be, to no avail. This is in contrast to outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein, whose visits to schools were public when he took the job in 2002.
                    Here is the Education Department's response to repeated requests for access to Black while she visits schools.
                    “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community," press secretary Natalie Ravitz said. "Having TV cameras and reporters there is often not conducive to such an open and honest exchange. So there will be public visits and private visits."
                    It's hard to say how "candid" a principal might be in front of her brand new boss, who has the power to hire and fire principals, as well as close down schools, especially with Black's p.r. team in tow.
                    The media executive has been the center of front-page headlines for weeks on end, with parent public opinion against her because of her lack of experience in education.
                    Parents, as well as reporters, have plenty of questions: What schools is she visiting? What does she think of them? Is she going to the ones deemed "failing," or just the A-rated ones? What's her opinion on budget cuts?
                    No one outside of her closest advisors actually knows. The parents of 1.1 million school children, whose future she holds in her hands, are still waiting to find out.



                    Read more: http://www.nydailynews.com/blogs/dailypolitics/2010/12/schools-chief-back-in-hiding.html#ixzz16sxUnj4S

                     

                     

                    http://cityroom.blogs.nytimes.com/2010/12/01/if-youve-seen-cathie-let-us-know/?ref=nyregion

                     

                    December 1, 2010, 12:09 pm

                    If You’ve Seen Cathie, Let Us Know

                    By SHARON OTTERMAN

                    Cathleen P. Black

                    Updated, 12:11 p.m. | Where in the World is Cathie Black?
                    The new schools chancellor, Cathleen P. Black, told reporters on Tuesday that she would visit elementary, middle and high schools in every borough as she gets to know the nation’s largest public school system. The Department of Education acknowledged that she is on at least one school visit on Wednesday, but would not reveal where it is.
                    “Today’s visits are private,” said Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the Department of Education.
                    The New York Times and other city news organizations are requesting that Ms. Black’s daily school-visit schedule be made public, arguing that the visits are newsworthy because Ms. Black has had limited exposure to public schools and the visits will form the backbone of her knowledge of the school system.
                    Even if the reporters pledge to wait outside the school during the visit, as occurred during Ms. Black’s first-day visit, that is insufficient, Ms. Ravitz said.
                    “Part of being chancellor is visiting schools and talking with principals, teachers and parents openly and candidly about what is happening in their school community,” Ms. Ravitz said. “Having TV cameras and reporters over your shoulder is often not conducive to such an open exchange.”
                    Ms. Black has not been made available for any formal interviews with news organizations since her selection three weeks ago. As The Times has reported, Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s process in selecting her was so secretive that even some of his senior advisers did not participate.
                    So City Room is asking readers: Should even some of Ms. Black’s public school visits be secret? Which schools should she visit? And have you seen Cathie Black today?
                    Update: Ms. Ravitz just said that she will reveal the identities of the schools Ms. Black visited on Wednesday at the end of the day. Extra credit for correct guesses.

                     

                     

                     


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