Education Commissioner Speaks Out on Public Radio

Acting education commissioner Chris Cerf discusses school reform, economically disadvantaged kids, teacher evaluation, and more

New Jersey’s acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf took to the radio waves yesterday, spending 20 minutes with Brian Lehrer of WNYC radio, one of NJ Spotlight’s partners.

In a wide-ranging interview, Cerf spoke to the differences between New Jersey and New York City schools, where he last worked as deputy chancellor.

He also fended off a question from the host as to whether all of Gov. Chris Christie’s talk of tenure reform and policies to eliminate “last in, first out” for teachers will really make that big a difference for low-performing districts like Asbury Park.

And to a teacher calling in to the show — “Jane from Millburn” — he spoke about problems with recruiting and hiring teachers, an issue that plagues many school systems and often goes unnoticed in all the talk of reform.

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