Via The Record:
New Jersey Education Commissioner Chris Cerf, who helped broker a landmark tenure law with the state’s large and powerful teachers union, is stepping down to rejoin the private sector.
He said Monday he will leave his $141,500-a-year job on Feb. 28 to become chief executive of Amplify Insight, a division of Amplify, an education technology firm run by his former boss, Joel Klein, who was New York City schools chancellor. Cerf was Klein’s deputy from 2006 to 2009.
Cerf said he aims to continue his mission to close achievement gaps and give public school teachers the tools they need to help children. Amplify Insight says it sells digital products to diagnose students’ weaknesses in reading and math and prescribe interventions tailored to each child, among other services. Amplify is an independent subsidiary of News Corp., the media company headed by Rupert Murdoch.
The symmetry is delicious. He’s returning from whence he came, the world of privatizing and educational tycooning. More on this tomorrow.