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Cathie Black Out as NYC Schools Chancellor After Just 5 Months

Ex-Hearst president, who took over for Joel Klein, ends a brief tenure that was doomed from the start

Cathie Black, the former Hearst Magazines president “with no educational experience who was named as New York City schools chancellor" last fall, is stepping down as the head of the nation’s largest school system.

Black’s brief tenure was doomed from the start, with critics pointing out that she not only had no formal experience, but had enrolled her children in private schools.

"Cathy is a world-class manager,” Mayor Bloomberg said when asked about Black's lack of qualifications, “and she is uniquely qualified to take us in the direction people keep talking about: jobs, jobs, jobs. That is something Cathie Black knows about, as much as anybody in this room."

In November, Black took over for Joel Klein, the former chairman and chief executive of Bertelsmann, who relinquished the chancellor role after eight years to take a job at Rupert Murdoch's News Corporation.

But according to the New York Times, Black’s approval rating among New Yorkers on Monday was just 17 percent — with 23 percent “not sure or never having heard of her.”