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Second suit filed against Cathie Black's appointment


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A group of 13 parents and one teacher Wednesday filed the second lawsuit in a week to block incoming Schools Chancellor Cathie Black from taking power.

Similar to the suit filed last week by a Brooklyn parent, which this suit will absorb, the new case alleges that state Education Commissioner David Steiner erred by granting Black a waiver to take the job even though she doesn’t have a master’s degree, a requirement for the chancellor, said the plaintiffs’ attorney, Norman Siegel.

The latest suit, filed in Albany State Supreme Court, also alleges Steiner based his decision on the credentials of others, including Black’s appointed second-in-command, Shael Polakow-Suransky.

“The law doesn’t allow for the derivative reliance on others for Black to get the waiver,” Siegel said.

A spokeswoman for Black argued that the city needs to move forward.

“It’s time to set all of the politics and rhetoric aside,” said the spokeswoman, Natalie Ravitz, from the city’s Department of Education.

A rep for Steiner declined to comment.

Plaintiffs in the suit include parent and state Assemblyman from Brooklyn Hakeem Jeffries, along with some parents from the Deny Waiver Coalition.

Steiner “overstepped his bounds to satisfy our bully mayor, and he’s doing it at the expense of our 1.1 million public school students,” said Mona David, a parent named in the suit.

The case will be heard on Dec. 23.

Mayor Michael Bloomberg appointed publishing exec Black, 66, to succeed current chancellor Joel Klein last month. Parents, teachers and advocates protested, citing her lack of education background and the secrecy of the appointment.

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