Cathie Black Makes Debut As NYC Schools Chancellor Amid Controversy

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Incoming Chancellor Cathie Black made her first foray into public schools Tuesday, meeting and greeting parents, students and teachers at Public School 109 in the Bronx.

Mayor Bloomberg and Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott joined Black for her first formal visit to a city school.

She spoke to the Daily News before leaving her Park Ave. apartment early in the morning.

Asked what she would say to critics, who have opposed her appointment because she has no education experience, she said, “Get to know me. It’s about the parents and the kids and the teachers.”

In front of the school, she told reporters she would listen to parents and teachers.

“I’m a big listener,” Black said. “I want to learn. I want to hear their concerns one-on-one as much as I can.”

She brushed off critics who have opposed her appointment because she has no education experience.

“That was yesterday and today is today,” Black said. “And I’m the new chancellor.”

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