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Walcott Gets OK from State to Head NYC Schools

by Associated Press
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Dennis Walcott
Elbert Garcia, RepRangel, flickr

Dennis Walcott will become New York City's schools chancellor.

New York state's education commissioner has given Dennis Walcott the go-ahead to head New York City's 1.1 million-pupil school system.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed Walcott as schools chancellor last week after publishing executive Cathie Black resigned.

Walcott needed a waiver from Commissioner David Steiner because he is not a licensed school superintendent.

Steiner said in his decision Thursday that Walcott has had a long and distinguised career and that his knowledge of educational issues is unquestioned.

Walcott needed a waiver from Commissioner David Steiner because he is not a licensed school superintendent.

Steiner said in his decision Thursday that Walcott has had a long and distinguished career and that his knowledge of educational issues is unquestioned.

Walcott is Bloomberg's deputy mayor for education. He has taught kindergarten, headed the Urban League and started a mentoring program for young boys.

Black quit after a rocky three months. She also received a waiver from the state to serve as chancellor although she had no background as an educator.

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