Cathie Black Steps Down as NYC Schools Chancellor

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The former Hearst Magazine chairwoman has had an embattled three-month tenure.

Cathie Black has stepped down as New York City's schools chancellor.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg held a press conference Thursday to announce the news. She is expected to be replaced by Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott, reports the Wall Street Journal, which broke the story.

Black served as the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines before being tapped by Bloomberg to oversee New York City's schools. She had been criticized for her lack of education experience, but Bloomberg cited her managerial experience.

Four high-level deputies have left since her appointment.

A Marist poll released earlier this week said Black had just a 17 percent approval rating.

She once joked that school overcrowding could be fixed with birth control.