No honeymoon for NYC schools chancellor

April 11, 2011 3:58:36 AM PDT
Deputy Mayor Dennis Walcott is preparing to take over New York City's sprawling public school system. And parents who oppose Mayor Michael Bloomberg's education policies are making sure there'll be no honeymoon for the new chancellor.

A parent group held a news conference Sunday at the Brandeis Educational Complex on the Upper West Side to say they've sued the city for its plan to put a charter school in the building.

Later in Queens, state Sen. Tony Avella led a rally of students protesting the closing of Jamaica High School.

Then in front of City Hall a group of students demanded a meeting with the new chancellor. They're asking him to stop closing schools in trouble. Walcott succeeds Cathie Black, who resigned Thursday after a rocky three months.