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Hearst Chairwoman Cathie Black Appointed New York Schools Chancellor

New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg has announced that his city’s current schools chancellor, Joel Klein, is stepping down to take an executive vice president position at News Corp. Stepping up to the city position will be media mogul Cathie Black, former USA Today publisher and current Hearst chairwoman. It’s like an odd version of musical chairs, except that everybody wins.

Bloomberg, himself a media mogul, called Ms. Black a “superstar” and “world-class manager.” As reported by the New York Times, he added that “there’s no one who knows more about the skills our children will need to succeed in the 21st century economy.”

He also had kind words for the outgoing Mr. Klein, whom he noted was the longest-serving schools chancellor in the city’s history:

He leaves a legacy of achievement that makes him one of the most important and transformational educational leaders of our time. Joel has implemented innovative changes that have made an enormous difference in the lives of million of children.

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