Cathie Black out as New York City schools chief

The big news today is that Cathie Black is out as New York City schools chancellor. The former magazine executive had taken over just three months ago, filling the spot of departing chancellor Joel Klein.

The New York Times is reporting she resigned at the request of Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

Her replacement will be Deputy Mayor Dennis M. Walcott.

The news caps a string of top departures for the department. Four high ranking officials left the department since Black took over, two in this week alone.

More links:

  • Gothamist says Walcott, a former teacher and NYC schools grad, appears to be the “anti-Black,” saying “I’m just a guy from Queens.”
  • Union president says Black doesn’t get a grade because “she wasn’t in the class for a semester…”


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POSTED BY ON April 7, 2011