Cathie Black may or may not be hired to head the New York City school system. This former head of Hearst media operations needs a waiver to nail down becoming Chancellor.
That waiver would allow her to bypass the usual requirements, including educational ones, for the job. One has to wonder if the negative press, petitions against her appointment, and poll numbers which show that the public is 50-50 about this, will have any impact on the decision to grant or not grant that waiver. Is screening for these kinds of appointments - New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg nominated Black - done via the influence of public opinion?