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Dennis Walcott Cleared to Be Schools Chancellor – NYTimes.com

Dennis M. Wolcott | NYC School Chancellor

Dennis Walcott Cleared to Be Schools Chancellor – NYTimes.com Deputy Mayor Dennis M. Walcott was cleared Thursday by the state to become the next New York City schools chancellor.

The state education commissioner, David M. Steiner, granted him a waiver (see below) to compensate for his lack of traditional credentials that the state requires of schools chancellors and superintendents.

“Although Mr. Walcott has not completed all the education and experience requirements for a school district leader certificate,” Dr. Steiner wrote in his 12-page decision, “I find that Mr. Walcott’s exceptional record of successfully leading complex organizations, his deep knowledge of the New York City school district and the issues and challenges it faces, and the leadership qualities he manifests, warrant certification for service.”

City Hall officials said Mr. Walcott may not officially start in his new job until Monday.

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