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(New York Times) — Cathleen P. Black, a publishing executive, won the helm of New York City’s public school system on Monday with a waiver from the state education commissioner that said her inexperience in education would be offset in part by the appointment of a chief academic officer to serve by her side.  In a compromise with the commissioner, David M. Steiner, Ms. Black agreed last week to compensate for her lack of education credentials by installing, as her first act, an experienced educator as her chief deputy, to administer and supervise instruction in the city’s 1,600 schools. Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg pledged on Friday that the deputy would operate “with the broadest scope for the exercise of independent initiative and judgment.”

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