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City Parents Approve As Black Steps Down As Schools Chancellor

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As former Schools Chancellor Cathie Black left her post Thursday, parents were mostly glad she was leaving after a tumultuous three months at the helm of the Department of Education. NY1's Tetiana Anderson filed the following report.

Parents of students at P.S. 36 in St. Albans, Queens said they were glad to hear Thursday that Cathie Black was leaving her job as schools chancellor.

The former magazine mogul had no previous education experience and was heckled by parents at community meetings.

"Where her educational background was concerned, I was a bit uncertain of what progress she would make," said one local parent. "But it's good now. She's out and we can move on positively."

The people with the largest stake in what happens to this city's educational system are the more than one million students and their parents.

Across the city, the verdict was an overwhelming sigh of relief that Black is gone, but a few said the outgoing chancellor didn't get a fair chance.

"I don’t think she had much of a chance before she started," said one West Village parent.

Alyson Deen, a West Village parent, said she worked with Black at Hearst Magazines and admires her business savvy, but said it just didn't translate to education.

"She took Hearst and really turned it around and it was surprising to see she didn't have such an impact in the short time she took on this tremendous role," said Deen.

Others felt comfortable with the fact that incoming Chancellor Dennis Walcott has a strong education background. They said he will bring needed changes to public education immediately.

"From what he has advocated as far as for the community, we are very, very pleased to know that his experience and his work in the school system is going to be put to work now," said a Brooklyn parent.

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