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Topic - Cathie Black
Amid plummeting approval ratings, former publishing executive Cathie Black resigned Thursday as chancellor of New York City schools, one of the most high-profile posts in American education, after fewer than 100 days on the job.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg says New York City's new schools chancellor was joking when she suggested birth control as the solution to crowded schools.
Irvin Kershner, who directed the "Star Wars" sequel "The Empire Strikes Back" and the James Bond film "Never Say Never Again," has died at age 87.
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.
Mr. Bloomberg said he and Mrs. Black agreed "it is in the city's best interest if she steps down as chancellor," telling reporters, "I take full responsibility for the fact that this has not worked out as either of us had hoped."
Upon hearing that lower Manhattan would 1,000 more elementary school seats, she said birth control "would really help us."