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This month, the NJ Legislature will hold confirmation hearings on what is arguably Chris Christie’s most important appointment to date: Commissioner of Education. Given the embarrassment of the disgRace To the Top application and his public feuding with the previous commissioner, Bret Schundler, Christie has a lot riding on his choice: Chris Cerf.
So far, the NJ press has shown cautious optimism about Cerf’s nomination. Noting his work in the private sector as an education services provider, and his time spent working under Joel Klein, Chancellor of the New York City Schools, editorial boards and columnists are inclined to hope that Cerf will help to repair the massive damage Christie has done to relations with both the NJEA and teachers themselves.
What the press hasn’t done, however, is take a long, hard look at Cerf’s career. If they did, they would find little cause for hope: Cerf, like Christie, is a political creature who has consistently let corporate and elite interests dictate educational policies. He has pushed ethical boundaries to the limit, enriching himself and others with actions that are not in the public’s best interest.
If anything, his career suggests that his appointment by Christie is not a harbinger of change; instead, it foretells of more of the same.
I have published a series of posts at my blog, Jersey Jazzman, that look deeply into the career of Chris Cerf. I offer these posts to both the staffs of the Senators who will question Cerf at his confirmation hearings, and to the NJ press as an aid for their vetting of Cerf:
The Chris Cerf Story – Part I
The Chris Cerf Story – Part II
The Chris Cerf Story – Part III
The Chris Cerf Story – Summary