Jersey Jazzman has written an excellent diary on Chris Christie’s handpicked inexperienced appointee to become the Superintendent of Schools for Camden. Paymon Rouhanifard is a 32-year-old with virtually no credentials to run a troubled urban school system (other than the fact that he’s a disciple of the education profiteers.)
What struck me as unbelievable is the fact (as reported in the Philadelphia Inquirer) that “Rouhanifard … will have a mentor assigned to him as he learns the ropes of being a superintendent. He will also have a large support staff sent in by the state.”
So instead of hiring a battle-scarred experienced superintendent, Christie is giving an important job to this young crony and throwing in tons of money to pay for mentors and support staff. The children of Camden become the laboratory in which Rouhanifard tries to learn his job.
If Christie put his ego aside, got rid of the superintendent salary cap, and hired someone with a successful track record and who did not require on-the-job training, we could save money and help Camden students at the same time.