Opinion: Looking Closely at the Dangerous Legacy of Commissioner Chris Cerf

By Mark Weber

The state education chief’s so-called reforms may have stirred up something more powerful than frustration and resignation

Chris Cerf says he’s not leaving his post as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education because of Bridgegate, and I believe him. When Cerf departs at the end of March, he’ll be continuing a pattern of sliding back and forth between the private and public sector that he’s engaged in over his entire career.

Leaving for Rupert Murdoch’s Amplify — or some similar corporate education outfit — was the next, inevitable step for Cerf, no matter how many scandals may dog Gov. Chris Christie.

In many ways, Cerf is the prototypical education “reformer”: he never taught in a public school, never earned a degree in education, and never ran a school building. More accurately, perhaps, Cerf is the prototype of a new sort of reformer, one who leaves a groundswell of resistance in his wake.

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