Charles Barron, a longtime city councilman and self-described "elected activist," rails against Mayor Michael Bloomberg's choice to run the city's public school system -- and the deal he reached with Education Commissioner David Stein to allow Cathie Black, a non-educator, to assume the role.
A day after a deal was sealed to grant a waiver to Mayor Bloomberg's pick for education chancellor, city officials said they could bring legal action to prevent Cathie Black from taking the post.
The state's education commissioner said Saturday he would grant media executive Cathie Black a waiver to serve as chancellor of the nation's largest school system. The decision opens the door for the Hearst Magazines chairwoman to succeed Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who is leaving to take a job with News Corp. The 66-year-old Black had needed the waiver because she does not have a background in education.
But on Sunday, City Councilman Charles Barron, (D-Brooklyn) said he would go to the courts to seek a restraining order to block Black's appointment.