Like a father reluctant to hand over the keys to his 17-year-old, ACTING Education Commissioner Chris Cerf says the people of Paterson just aren’t ready to run their own schools yet:
The state’s top education official brushed aside an ambitious proposal from the school board Monday that sought to end state control of the district by the fall.
Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf said the city should manage its own schools, but such a rapid transition would not be in the best interest of the district’s students.
Under state control, the board can act only as an advisory body to the superintendent.
Board member Jonathan Hodges expressed concern about low scores reflecting poorly on the board when the state is ultimately in control of the schools.
Cerf acknowledged the state’s failure, saying “the state did not effectively discharge its duty to the children of Paterson.” [emphasis mine]
Got that? Cerf says the state has done a poor job of running Paterson’s schools, but he still doesn’t want to give up control. Apparently, there are ambitious new plans for the city’s schools under the Christie administration.
Well, how’s that going?