And our long Schools Chancellor nightmare is over. Current Chancellor Joel Klein said he would be stepping down in January and, thanks to a court decision yesterday, he will. His replacement? Just as Mike Bloomberg sort-of wanted all along, former Hearst-exec Cathie Black will be wearing the crown.

A State Supreme Court judge ruled yesterday that despite the concerns of many parents it was appropriate for the State Education commissioner David Steiner to give the educationally-inexperienced Black a waiver for the gig. Of course, this isn't quite over yet... some on the losing side are already mulling an appeal.

Mayor Bloomberg, happy to have something to boast about we bet, released a statement on the matter: "This decision should bring an end to the politicking and grandstanding and allow us all to focus on what matters most: continuing to improve the quality of education we offer New York City's public school children. Cathie has been working hard and is ready to hit the ground running on Monday, her first official day on the job, and I know she is looking forward to building on the tremendous progress we've made over the past eight years."

Meanwhile, efforts to make sure we don't get into a mess like this again continue.