Following up on the past year’s initiatives is just the beginning of what the commissioner and the senator plan to accomplish in the year ahead

By John Mooney

They are arguably the two most influential players in New Jersey public education: the state commissioner steering, if not dictating, Gov. Chris Christie’s agenda, the state senator who was the architect and driving force behind the groundbreaking tenure reform act.

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Education in 2013: Bigger Questions, Higher Stakes

But with a new year comes new challenges for Education Commissioner Chris Cerf and Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D-Essex), as they move from laws and initiatives launched in 2012 to making them stick in 2013.

And that doesn’t include other projects — including a shared concern that New Jersey teachers get the best preparation possible.

NJ Spotlight spoke with both of them in the waning days of last year and the first of this one, asking them to elucidate their priorities for 2013.


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