NYC schools chancellor pick will get waiver, official says

Under Black, Polakow-Suransky will be tasked with overseeing the schools’ instructional programs and the implementation of major educational policies, the mayor said in his letter to Steiner. Polakow-Suransky will also advise the chancellor on policy issues relating to curriculum, testing, evaluation, and more.

Currently, he serves under Klein as the deputy chancellor for performance and accountability, overseeing school evaluation and capacity building.

A Quinnipiac University Poll showed New Yorkers believed by a 2-1 margin that Black was not qualified for the job. The poll found that 51 percent of city voters believed Black did not have the right experience to serve as schools chancellor.

Just 26 percent said Black did have the experience for the job, and 23 percent were undecided.

Asked specifically about Black’s appointment, 47 percent said they disapproved and 29 percent approved. Twenty-five percent were undecided.

“If it was a public vote, thumbs down,” said Maurice Carroll, director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute.

The survey of 1,287 New York City registered voters was conducted Nov. 16-21. A Bloomberg spokesman did not respond to a request for comment on the poll.

Foes and supporters of Black’s appointment had been lobbying the mayor since he announced Nov. 8 that he had picked the businesswoman to lead the schools.

An advisory panel appointed to weigh the qualifications of Black to head New York City schools on Nov. 23 recommended denying a waiver that would allow the noneducator to serve as chancellor of the country’s largest school system.

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