Bloomberg’s Schools No. 2 Pick: Test-Prep Principals Are “Weak” (Village Voice/Runnin’ Scared)

With Shael Polakow-Suransky looking set to become Cathie Black’s lieutenant atop the New York City schools system (as a condition of Black getting the top job), I dig up my notes from an interview with Polakow-Suransky I conducted back in January. The upshot: Smart, plenty of education chops, digs high-stakes testing just as much as the old guy:

So now that it looks like Cathie Black will become chief publisher of the New York City Department of Education, so long as Mayor Bloomberg appoints longtime school administrator Shael Polakow-Suransky as her editorial director, what do we know about her prospective sidekick?… [read more]