Bloomberg and Education Commish Reach Deal on Black: Report

By Hasani Gittens
|  Saturday, Nov 27, 2010  |  Updated 9:05 AM EDT
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Bloomberg and Education Commish Reach Deal: Report

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Cathie Black during a news conference at City Hall in New York, Tuesday, Nov. 9, 2010.

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Black is back.

According to a report in the New York Times, embattled Schools Chancellor-nominee Cathie Black will indeed be able to take her place in charge the city's public school system -- with a catch.

A deal has been reached between the Bloomberg administration and the State Education Commissioner David Steiner to appoint a "Chief Academic Officer" to serve as Black's right hand, The Times reported.

That brand new position would be filled by Shael Polakow-Suransky, a life-long educator who is currently the Deputy Chancellor for Performance and Accountability, according to a letter from Bloomberg to Steiner obtained by NBCNewYork.

The deal would come days after a panel advising Steiner voted 4-to-2 against granting Black the waiver she would need to take the job.

Black, a publishing exec, needs the waiver because she has no educational experience.

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