Cathie Black

Cathie Black

Cathie Black Abruptly Resigns as NYC’s School Chancellor

Cathie BlackJust three months after taking office, Cathie Black announced that she is resigning from her position of New York City’s Chancellor of Schools. A controversial appointment from the start, Black was criticized for her lack of credentials in both the eduction field and the public sector. NBC New York reports that Black released a statement saying, “it has become increasingly apparent that my ability to serve successfully as the chancellor of New York City Schools is not possible.”

Mayor Bloomberg announced today that Black will be succeeded by deputy mayor for education, Dennis Walcott. “She loves New York and wants to do what’s right for the families and students that we serve,” said Bloomberg. “She and I met this morning and we have mutually agreed that it is in the city’s best interests if she steps down as chancellor. I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out as either of us had hoped or expected.”

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Cathie Black Appointed Chancellor of New York City Schools

Cathie Black

UPDATE [4/7/11]: Cathie Black Abruptly Resigns as NYC’s School Chancellor

Just as Cathie Black takes her new post as Chancellor of New York City Schools, two more veteran officials step down. Joel Klein’s surprise resignation and the unusual appointment of Black, who was previously the chairman of Hearst Magazines, have left the governing body of New York City schools in shock.

“I’m leaving you the best team ever assembled in K to 12 education. The eight deputy chancellors…have a depth of institutional knowledge and a range of skills that you will be able to draw on,” Klein said after announcing he will step down.

However, two of those team members are already leaving. Photeine Anagnostopoulos, deputy chancellor for finance and technology, and Elizabeth Sciabarra, who founded the Office of student enrollment, have both offered their letters of resignation.

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