It's like charter school boards have become the new country clubs: the wealthy join to expand their networks.
I do not think it is a good idea for non-educators to run schools systems, but I'm not prepared to completely dismiss the idea out-of-hand: I imagine there are good hospital administrators who are not doctors.
But if you are going to run a system - especially one like NYC - without having been a teacher and/or principal, you'd better bring some other unique experience to the table. Black clearly has none.
Why should any teacher, principal, or supervisor listen to her about curriculum? About testing? About merit pay? About evaluations? Has my profession fallen into such disrepute that we don't even consider it a profession anymore, where supervisors must be at least conversant in the field they work in?
And, once again: schools are NOT businesses. They should not be run like businesses. When a business unit fails, you shutter it and stop providing the product. You can't stop providing education to a child.
Bloomberg has been a joke, and the results of his tenure - the parameters of which he set for himself - prove it. When people talk about him as president, it's almost as laughable as when they talk about Chris Christie as president.