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ERIC Number: EJ1113492
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2016
Pages: 8
Abstractor: ERIC
ISSN: ISSN-1539-9664
Continuing Change in Newark: To Protect Reform, Chris Cerf Builds Collaborative Relationships
Colvin, Richard Lee
Education Next, v16 n4 p36-43 Fall 2016
This article reports on the efforts of Christopher Cerf, the state-appointed superintendent of Newark Public Schools (New Jersey), to protect reform and build collaborative relationships. His tenure followed the controversial leadership of the former superintendent that had enacted a series of unpopular initiatives, including a new citywide enrollment plan, a lottery that allowed parents to choose any traditional or charter school in the city, closures of under-enrolled or poorly performing schools, mass firings of teachers and principals, and a new merit-pay program for teachers. From the start, Superintendent Cerf understood that he had to take a different approach from the past and do all he could to smooth the political waters. Cerf's job was to make sure positive changes took root, grew, and eventually bore fruit. This included: (1) giving every student in the city a chance to attend a successful school; and (2) meeting state requirements that would allow the district to regain local control. Cerf's tenure has focused on "listening before acting," and there are signs that factionalism in the city may be easing.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
Sponsor: N/A
Authoring Institution: N/A
Identifiers - Location: New Jersey (Newark)
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