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Joel I. Klein
Special to CNN
I was named schools chancellor in New York City in 2002, shortly after Mayor Michael Bloomberg won control over the city's school system.
At the time, our schools were in desperate need of a strong advocate. Few prominent New Yorkers were willing to take a chance on our schools - or invest in a system that many saw as beyond repair.
Caroline Kennedy was willing.
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