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US ed. chief to meet incoming NYC schools chief

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan is preparing to meet with the publishing executive who is poised to take over the city's public school system.

Duncan said he would meet with Cathie Black later Thursday and he hopes to support her in any way he can.

The chairwoman of Hearst Magazines will take over for outgoing Chancellor Joel Klein next month.

Duncan spoke to reporters after joining Mayor Michael Bloomberg for an announcement of a plan to improve GED preparation courses.

Duncan says he's a "huge fan" of Klein and that Black deserves credit for taking on such a tough job.

Duncan was head of Chicago's public school system before President Barack Obama chose him for a Cabinet post.

THIS IS A BREAKING NEWS UPDATE. Check back soon for further information. AP's earlier story is below.

NEW YORK (AP) — U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan is in New York City for a meeting with the publishing executive who is poised to take over the city's public school system.

Duncan says he will meet with Cathie Black later Thursday and he hopes to support her in any way he can.

The chairwoman of Hearst Magazines will take over for outgoing Chancellor Joel Klein next month.

While in New York Duncan also will be announcing a plan to beef up GED preparation courses.

He says he's a "huge fan" of Klein and that Black deserves credit for taking on such a tough job.

Duncan was head of Chicago's public school system before President Obama chose him for a Cabinet post.

(This version CORRECTS that announcement of GED initiative took place earlier.)

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