It’s been three months into her new job as the New York City schools chancellor an Cathleen Black has yet to get public approval. According to the NY1 Marist poll released this week, it was found that the new chancellor is not very popular throughout the city. In fact the poll revealed that the public was not very fond of the new chancellor.

The poll was taken by telephone in March and included 772 adults. The results were the following; 23 percent of adults had either never heard of her or were not certain of ever hearing of her, only 17 percent of adults approved of her.Back in February, the same poll was taken to ask New York City adults what they thought of the chancellor’s performance, those results were the following  only 21 percent approved of her performance, while 35 percent did not even know who she was. As told by Dr. Miringoff director of  the Marist College Institute for Public Opinion, “She’s getting slightly better known, but not better received”.

Chancellor Cathleen Black is certainly liked  and known less than the previous chancellor, but there are various reasons for this. The first reason being is that she lacks Education experience. As it is known Mr. Shael Polakow-Suransky had been appointed as chief academic officer to work side by side with Ms. Black  because of her lack of experience. The second reason being that she has not made many public appearances. Not only does the public not approve of her position because of lack of experience,she also does not seem to connect with them. Could the reason for this be that most of the time she had made appearances she had committed a couple of blunders her first weeks in office? Such as her remark that a resolution to over crowded schools in Lower Manhattan would be birth control. Although it was all in good humor, it seems like people took offense to it, clearly resulting in low approval rates.

There is certainly a lot left for this chancellor to do. She has already been in office for 100 days and New Yorkers still don’t seem to like her. Because she has experience as a business woman and not an education official, it is no wonder why the public doubts her potential. People need action and proof  that this new chancellor will do her best to repair the state of New York City schools. There is only one advice she needs to take as result of these polls, that one being SHAPE UP CHANCELLOR!

for further readings and poll listings:

http://www.nytimes.com/2011/04/05/nyregion/05poll.html?ref=education

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