Official: Media exec to be NYC schools chancellor

NEW YORK (AP) - An official with knowledge of the decision says New York’s education commissioner will grant media executive Cathie Black a waiver to serve as chancellor of the nation’s largest school system.

The official spoke to The Associated Press on condition of anonymity Friday because the announcement had not yet been made.

The decision opens the door for the Hearst Magazines chairwoman to succeed Schools Chancellor Joel Klein, who is leaving to take a job with News Corp.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg had faced criticism over his decision to appoint Black as chancellor because she does not have a background in education. In a letter Friday, he said Black would appoint a second-in-command with an educational background.

The official told the AP that Education Commissioner David M. Steiner would grant the waiver Monday.

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