U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan said Thursday that incoming New York City schools Chancellor Cathie Black "has the potential to be a fantastic leader" and he will do everything he can to support her, the Associated Press reports. Duncan met later with Black, a publishing executive who has been a controversial choice to lead the nation's largest school system because she has no background as an educator. City Department of Education spokeswoman Natalie Ravitz said the two discussed a number of education issues, including the city's plans to implement the state's winning Race to the Top federal education reform grant...

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