Was Cathie Black really the first Choice for Chancellor or was it Geoffrey Canada.


Cathie Black, the chairwoman of Hearst Magazines, is taking issue with reports suggesting that she was not Mayor Bloomberg’s first choice to be schools chancellor, saying the mayor told her personally that he had not offered the job to anyone else. Black appeared Friday on Good Day New York.

The New York Times and Daily News reported today that Mr. Bloomberg had originally tried but failed to persuade Geoffrey Canada, a Harlem education leader, to take the job.