Updated 12/29/2010 11:28 PM
State Supreme Court Upholds Waiver For Incoming Schools Chancellor
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The state supreme court has upheld the waiver issued allowing media executive Cathie Black to become the city's next schools chancellor.
Critics filed a lawsuit challenging the waiver, which was needed since Black does not have any professional education experience.
She replaces outgoing schools chancellor Joel Klein who was appointed by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in 2002.
In a statement, the mayor said, "This decision should bring an end to the politicking and grandstanding and allow us all to focus on what matters most: continuing to improve the quality of education we offer New York City’s public school children. Cathie has been working hard and is ready to hit the ground running on Monday, her first official day on the job, and I know she is looking forward to building on the tremendous progress we’ve made over the past eight years."
Mayor Bloomberg also praised Black saying she is ready to hit the ground running.
Several suits have been filed challenging Black's experience and qualifications for the job. The first was filed by Eric Snyder, a parent from Park Slope.
"It seems ironic, to me, that the judge would hold it rational and reasonable that the person chosen to oversee tens of thousands of educators should have less of an education than the educators she's brought in to oversee. And that's not only ironic but also disappointing and, I think an unfortunate reflection of where our education system is in New York City," Snyder said.
Snyder says he plans to appeal the decision.
Black's first official day on the job is Monday.