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Tacoman To Run N.Y. Schools

The head of the Tacoma, Wash., school district was freed from his contract Sunday to become chancellor of the cash-strapped New York City schools.

The Tacoma School Board, which earlier said it expected Rudolph Crew to honor his contract there, agreed in an emergency meeting to let him accept the New York position. Crew was under contract to head the 31,000-pupil system through 1998.

The New York City school board voted Saturday to hire Crew as the chancellor of the nation’s largest school system. The contract was offered after the board and Mayor Rudolph Giuliani agreed on who should lead the district of 1 million students.

Crew, who is expected to visit New York City on Wednesday, inherits a district in which many of the 1,069 schools are crumbling. Also, $500 million was cut from the system’s $8.5 billion budget and critics say bureaucracy stands in the way of meaningful reform.

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