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First Day For New Schools Chancellor Cathie Black

Monday is the first day on the job for New York City's new Schools Chancellor, Cathie Black.

The former Hearst magazine executive will replace Joel Klein. Black will spend her first day touring schools in all five boroughs. She will visit classrooms and talk with parents and staff. Her first stop is a Brooklyn elementary school. Black will end her tour with a meeting with parents at a Staten Island school.

Mayor Micheal Bloomberg's appointment of Black has been very controversial. Critics say her lack of education experience and her disconnect from public schools will make it hard for her to understand the issues that students and parents face. Bloomberg says that Black's decades of management experience qualifies her to run a large school system.

Last week a judge dismissed lawsuits that argued Black didn't have the educational experience to run city schools. That decision cleared the way for Black to start work on Monday. Critics say they will appeal the ruling.

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