Cathie Black Is Out as Schools Chancellor

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Schools Chancellor Cathie Black, the controversial ex-publishing executive who took over the post three months ago, is leaving her position.

Black, who was appointed to the post by Mayor Michael Bloomberg in December, will be replaced by Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, the mayor announced today.

"We have mutually agreed that it's in the city's best interest that she steps down as chancellor," said Bloomberg, who said he took "full responsibility" for it not working out and that he thought Black did an "admirable job."

Black had her approval ratings plummeted to 17 percent this month, according to a recent Quinnipiac University poll. The former Hearst magazine chairwoman who was known as "The First Lady of American Magazines" was criticized for her lack of experience in education.

She replaced Joel Klein, who had held the position for eight years before he left for News Corp. late last year. At the time, Bloomberg said he was looking for a "world-class manager" to lead the Department of Education. 

In her second month on the job, Black was booed at hearings held to close two dozen New York City public schools. As Chancellor she oversaw more than 1.1 million students, 1,600 schools and and $21 million operating budget.