NEW YORK - With New York City Schools Chancellor Cathie Black stepping down, many residents are looking to find out more about the appointment of Dennis Walcott as her replacement.

Walcott has served as Mayor Michael Bloomberg's deputy mayor for the past nine years.  Bloomberg says Walcott has been involved in the school system at every level, as a student, teacher, parent and as deputy mayor.

Walcott has earned two master's degrees, one of them in social work from Fordham University.

"Now I have a simple goal; to continue that progress and reforms that the mayor has made so special to us and to continue to invest in our parents and make sure they are truly partners in our investment" Walcott said of his appointment.

Before he officially takes over, Walcott will need a waiver approved by the state.

NY Schools Chancellor Cathie Black resigns