6-4 Chris Cerf appointed Superintendent of Newark Schools
Voting Yes: Mark Biedron, Claire Chamberlain, Jack Farnaro, Pete Simon, Andrew Mulvihill
Voting No: Edithe Fulton, Dorothy Strickland, Arcelio Aponte, Ron Butcher
“Former NJ Commissioner of Education Chris Cerf has a history of underfunding, dismantling, and making money off of the very institution he now wants to now lead.”
– From Jonathan Alston’s blog, Newark Teacher
The effort of the people of Newark to shuck off state control of the city’s schools, and the privatizing schemes and efforts to turn its children into commodities that go with it, is and has been extraordinary. Despite efforts to diminish, frustrate or wait out the protest, it persists. Multiple layers of Newarkers support the effort – parents, students, community groups, Board of Ed members, clergy, teachers, and the city’s educator-mayor Ras Baraka, who made local control his signature election issue. Resistance has made national news, and is social media-savvy. Other American cities are watching – particularly minority majority cities, whose kids are prime targets for edu-tycoons. Inside New Jersey, there’s tracking of the Newark resistance, too. At a rally yesterday against appointing Cerf to succeed the much-scorned Cami Anderson as superintendent, both Camden and Paterson advocates showed up, two cities whose schools are also under state control. Residents of Montclair, where Cerf lives, also showed up. Resistance is growing, statewide.