Newly knighted city public schools chancellor Cathie Black has a bumpy road ahead of her when it comes to her opponents. As the savvy business mogul transitions into her new job–which, according to polls, a majority of people are against–protests and outcries continue with the use of legal system now coming into play.

Black has told her opponents to get over it and move on, but that is the last thing her foes plan to do.

Earlier this week, Roger Wareham of the Brooklyn-based Freedom Party, led by Charles Barron filed, an Article 78 petition against the New York State Board of Regents, SUNY, State Education Commissioner David Steiner and Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

In the 10-page document, Wareham points out that Black does not meet the requirements to be New York City’s chancellor and that having an academic officer serve alongside her would not suffice. The document states, “Students, their families and citizens of New York State will suffer irreparable harm should Ms. Black assume the post of chancellor.”

“Any white person can run the public schools system as long as they have the right connections,” Wareham said. “Every Black and Latino has always had the qualifications that are required by law. Cathie Black has nothing in her background that suggests she has loyalty to the Black and Latino community.”

Former Black and Latino chancellors that were qualified and needed no waiver include: Dr. Richard Green, Nathan Quinones, Anthony Alverado, Dr. Joseph Fernandez, Ramon C. Cortines and Rudy Crew. Unqualified white chancellors who did need a waiver are: Harold Levy, Joel Klein, Robert Wagner (attempted to get waiver) and Cathleen Black.

Back to the future: Reports indicate that attorney Eric Snyder has also filed a lawsuit on behalf of his two children, who attend public school. Snyder claims that Black’s appointment is against the law because she doesn’t have the master’s degree required to be chancellor. Snyder’s suit will be heard on December 23 before a Supreme Court judge.

Meanwhile, throughout the week, the Freedom Party led protests in Lower Manhattan at the Tweed Building against Black and the Department of Education (DOE). From December 6 through December 10, the group planned to hold daily protests in front of the building from 4 to 6 p.m. The goal for the party is to not only get Black out of the job, but also have a proper selection process and find a qualified Black or Latino chancellor to lead a school system that is more than 80 percent minority.

However, the Freedom Party is not alone in its efforts to pound the pavement to get Black out before she has a chance to do any damage.

Leoine Haimson of the group Class Size Matters said her group is not focusing on getting Black to step down, but wants to push for manageable student-teacher ratios in the public schools. The group has joined with Black protestors because it sees Black as being out of touch with the issues and perspectives of parents and children dependent on the system. Haimson pointed out that the boarding school where Black sent her children has as student-teacher ration of 12 to 1.

“It’s our hope that Cathie Black starts listening to parents about some of their concerns on the issues of class size,” she said. “The boarding school Cathie Black sent her children to has very small class sizes, so she should understand why this is an important move for New York City parents.”

Chris Owens of the Deny Waiver Coalition said that his group is made up mostly of parents and educators who are not in favor of Black. Only holding one rally since Black was appointed, the coalition collected more than 13,000 signatures and submitted them to Steiner. Last Thursday, the Deny Waiver Coalition led a rally that garnered 300 people and also plans to file a lawsuit.

“We see this as a foundation for other changes in education law that need to take place and refine the waiver process so something like this can’t ever happen again,” Owens said.

In the case of the Community Education Council (CEC) from upper Manhattan’s District 3, the issue is charter schools and what they see as certain schools being targeted for closure based on, they believe, questionable data by the DOE. On Tuesday, Bloomberg’s DOE announced it plans to close 26 more schools.

Lying in upper Manhattan, CEC District 3 is the largest cluster of charter schools in the city. Noah Gothbaum said his group is planning to file a resolution condemning the Black appointment and the direction that Black and Bloomberg are taking the school system.

“Our biggest concern is that we want to see resources emphasized and focused on our traditional public schools. We don’t want to see the strategy of closing our schools with no alternative. Six out of 10 kids across the city aren’t passing the English and language arts test, and 54 percent aren’t passing in math. [Black] is continuing where Joel Klein left off, and if we bring in another manager, we are not doing anything to address the huge problems.”