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Editorial: Why Cathie Black?


Joel Klein, New York City’s schools chancellor, is quitting to go to work for Rupert Murdoch – to help him put the News Corp. empire “in the education marketplace.”And to replace him, Mayor Bloomberg has tapped Cathie Black, who is best known as the former publisher of USA Today, says Dan Collins, New York editor-at large for the Huffington Post. She currently runs Hearst Magazines, which publishes periodicals like Cosmopolitan, Seventeen and Good Housekeeping.

Whew.

Let’s take this piece by piece.

Not surprising that Klein left. He’s already been chancellor for eight years, a city record. In fact by New York standards, Klein is a veritable lifer. Stunning that he’s off to work for Murdoch. Maybe after eight years on a $250,000-a-year salary, Klein thinks he’s due some real money. It’s not the kind of life choice you’d make into a Hallmark movie, but whatever. How did he do? Okay but not as great as he thinks. Klein and Bloomberg were proud of the fact that he came from the world of corporate law and the Justice Department, not the education establishment. They regarded said establishment as a nation of hacks and Klein, in particular, made little secret of his impatience with the old order. He’d get a D in diplomacy – that’s a grade, not an initial…

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