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Judge Clears Way For NYC Schools Chancellor

Cathie Black is seen with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and outgoing New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein in the Blue Room at City Hall - New York, NY - Nov 9, 2010 - Photo: Edward Reed / Mayor's Office

Cathie Black is seen with Mayor Michael Bloomberg and outgoing New York City Schools Chancellor Joel Klein in the Blue Room at City Hall – New York, NY – Nov 9, 2010 – Photo: Edward Reed / Mayor’s Office

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NEW YORK (AP / 1010 WINS) – A judge has cleared the way for publishing executive Cathie Black to head New York City’s public schools.

1010 WINS’ Al Jones reports

Black was slated to take over from Schools Chancellor Joel Klein on Monday, but opponents filed three lawsuits challenging her qualifications for the job.

Lawyers for the plaintiffs argued in state Supreme court that Black lacks the required credentials to even be a teacher, much less chancellor of the massive school system.

They sought to block the waiver that state Education Commissioner David Steiner granted Black allowing her to take the job.

On Wednesday, Acting Justice Gerald Connelly in Albany denied their petitions.

Plaintiffs’ attorney Norman Siegel said his clients were disappointed in the ruling.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg praised the decision. He said Black is ready to get to work.

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