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State to review request to approve Dennis Walcott as Schools Chancellor

Dennis Walcott, New York City School Chancellor, is

Dennis Walcott, New York City School Chancellor, is shown in this undated file photo. Fourteen NYC teachers accused of bad behavior are still working because an arbitrator overruled New York City's attempts to fire them. Photo Credit: Getty Images

State Education Commissioner David Steiner is set to meet with a nine-person advisory panel today to discuss whether to approve a waiver for New York City Schools Chancellor nominee, Dennis Walcott.

Walcott, 59, was Mayor Michael Bloomberg's pick to head the city's public schools after publishing exec Cathie Black was ousted from the job. Walcott needs the waiver because he lacks a superintendent's license.

In his waiver request, Bloomberg wrote that Walcott "has vast experience in and a deep understanding of the complex issues that face the chancellor."

It's unclear when the state panel will make a final decision.



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