“Cathie Black meets none of the professional experience requirements, apparently satisfying only the undergraduate graduation standard,” the committee chairman, Councilman Robert Jackson, wrote in a letter to David M. Steiner, the state education commissioner.
Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg’s appointment of Ms. Black as schools chancellor last week seemed to catch much of the city off guard. Mr. Bloomberg has argued that her management acumen more than compensates for her lack of education experience.
Mr. Jackson joins a growing list — including State Senator-elect Tony Avella and more than 5,800 parents in an online petition — of those calling on Dr. Steiner to block her appointment. It will be up to him whether to grant Ms. Black a waiver from a state law requiring education heads to have a professional certificate in educational leadership and to have at least three years’ experience in schools.
Mr. Steiner’s predecessor approved a waiver for Joel I. Klein, the outgoing schools chancellor, in 2002. Councilman Jackson, who occasionally clashed with Mr. Klein, does not want a repeat.
“Ms. Black’s marketing expertise and personality may have made her a superlative corporate leader for the publishing industry, but I do not see evidence of experience in education that a chancellor needs to guide our nation’s largest and most complex public school system,” he wrote.
Natalie Ravitz, a spokeswoman for the city Department of Education, said in an e-mail Saturday that Mr. Jackson’s opposition was not surprising.
“We haven’t had a chance to read his letter,” Ms. Ravitz said. “But given that the chairman opposed reauthorizing mayoral control and opposed making reforms to win Race to the Top, it’s not surprising.”
Mr. Jackson is a co-chairman of the Council’s Black, Latino and Asian Caucus. Other minority council members have been quick to express opposition to Ms. Black, including Jumaane Williams and Charles Barron.