In her first six weeks as head of New York City schools, Cathie Black has been heckled by parent activists--and heckled them back. She joked that birth control was the solution to crowded schools, the Associated Press reports. The former media executive mockingly teased a throng of angry parents who were shouting at her. A recent poll pegged her approval rating at 21 percent. And opponents are keeping a legal fight alive to block her appointment as schools chancellor because she has no experience as an educator.

"This has not been a good opening round for her," said Lee Miringoff, director...

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