The following is a press release from the office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie:
Today, Governor Chris Christie announced the selection of Christopher Cerf, an innovative, reform-minded and experienced education professional, as his nominee for New Jersey Education Commissioner. Mr. Cerf, having previously served as President and COO of a nationally recognized charter school operator and most recently as Deputy Chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, is a seasoned education professional with more than 30 years of experience. He is a widely-respected leader in comprehensive school system reform and respected for his hands on approach. Mr. Cerf’s experience on education reform issues will be crucial to executing Governor Christie’s bold agenda as part of the 2011 “Year of Education Reform.”
“For far too long, the education establishment and political leadership in our state and across the country have accepted low expectations and failure – particularly in our urban school districts. We can no longer fail to act or continue to defend the status quo at the expense of our children,” said Governor Christie. “I am thankful that Chris Cerf is bringing to New Jersey his passion for education and experienced leadership to help enact the bold and innovative education measures we need to finally bring a quality education to every child in our state. Mr. Cerf’s innovative leadership will be invaluable as we address the civil rights issue of our time.