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State education officials resign; called “coincidence”

State Department of Education Commissioner David Steiner unexpectedly announced his resignation Thursday hours after New York City schools Chancellor Cathie Black abruptly quit, ending her short, tumultuous tenure.

Steiner had granted Black, a former Hearst publishing executive with no education management experience, the waiver she needed to become schools chancellor in the nation’s biggest city.

Over objections by advisers, Steiner allowed the waiver sought by Mayor Michael Bloomberg, only to see Black resign four months later.

Steiner gave no reason for his decision to leave his job by the end of the year but told The Associated Press that Black’s resignation had “zero” impact on his decision and his announcement.

“This is a coincidence, a bizarre coincidence,” he said.


State education officials resign; called “coincidence” – Corning, NY – The Corning Leader.


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