Not too much more to say than this about Joel Klein’s tenure in New York City. When you cut through the rhetoric you’re hard pressed to find anyone with a serious argument that the schools are not better today in New York than a decade ago.
Cathie Black is a forceful leader with an interesting career behind her, buckle up!
Update: He brought sexy back? In the NY Times Joe Williams says Klein made education sexy again. Seems like a throwaway line but actually there is a lot to that sentiment. Klein has an influential network in a variety of fields including politics, government, the law, and business. So, when he was attacked and called all these crazy things and accused of this and that it rebounded against the very people launching the salvos. Klein’s network knew Klein and knew that the various accusations just didn’t ring right and it changed how they looked at things. So while it may have been politically complicated in terms of the ins and outs of New York politics, Joel leading the New York City schools changed how a lot of influential people in this country thought about education issues. Absent Joel you would not have seen the same rapid pace in the shift in coverage and emphasis that you have or some of the informal signaling around the issue.