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Opposition to Cathleen Black as Schools Chancellor Grows

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Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg has been frank about why he took pains to keep his search for a new schools chancellor secret, saying he wanted to avoid a public spectacle.

But a spectacle is exactly what Mr. Bloomberg has unleashed, and one week after announcing his choice of Cathleen P. Black, a publishing executive, to succeed Joel I. Klein at the helm of the country's largest school system, the mayor's aides are trying to fend off mounting skepticism about her selection.

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