Judge Rules Ed Commissioner's Approval of Black Legal

A state judge has ruled against three groups of parents who were trying to block Cathie Black from becoming the city's next schools chancellor.

The parents claimed state education commissioner David Steiner had acted illegally when he granted a waiver for Black to become chancellor. Black's experience was entirely in publishing and chancellors are required by law to have certain education credentials including a master's degree.

But State Supreme Court Justice Gerald Connolly in Albany said the state commissioner could waive those requirements for exceptionally qualified persons.

Attorney Norman Siegel, who represented 16 parents and a teacher, said his clients were "extremely disappointed" and would consider their next steps.

New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg said the hoped the decision would bring an end to what he called "politicking and grandstanding" and allow everyone to focus on improving the schools.