Josh Greeman’s take on all this is worth-reading although I think this is more an unforced error for Mayor Bloomberg than an error overall. And even with Easter coming late this year you gotta give Fordham’s Mike Petrilli some props for predicting last winter that Black would be gone by Easter.
My sense was that Black just never quite liked schools or school people and that’s a key aspect of the job and vital to doing it well. Even Joel Klein’s critics acknowledged how much he cared about the work and the people (adults and kids). You never got that vibe with Black.
Also, NYC’s John White is off to New Orleans to run the school system there, good for them and good for him. And David Steiner, NY’s state education commissioner, announced today he’s heading back to private life later in the year.
Update: Worth mentioning the obvious, on the commissioner job the ideal candidate is already in Albany – current Deputy Commissioner John King.