Bloomberg Fires Ill-Qualified Schools Chancellor

Cathie Black had no experience in education
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 7, 2011 11:44 AM CDT
This Jan 3, 2011 file photo shows New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, left, with student Aliyah Perez, 9, in her classroom at P.S. 262 in New York.   (AP Photo/Seth Wenig, File)
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(Newser) – Cathie Black has resigned just three months into her tumultuous tenure as New York City schools chancellor, and city officials tell the New York Times that mayor Michael Bloomberg gave her a strong nudge out the door. Many were stunned when Bloomberg appointed Black in the first place; she’s a magazine executive with no prior experience in education.

“I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out,” Bloomberg said in the announcement. Black had muddled into several controversies during her short reign, such as when she seemingly mocked a crowd of parents protesting a school closure, or jokingly recommended birth control as a solution to school overcrowding. She had an approval rating of just 17%, according to the Huffington Post.

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