New Jersey State Senators Tom Kean, Jr. (R- Westfield) and Diane Allen (R- Burlington/Camden), Republican members of the Senate Education Committee, issued the following statements on Governor Christie's nomination of Christopher Cerf for Education Commissioner:
Senator Tom Kean, Jr.:
Christopher Cerf's highly successful record transforming New York City's public schools speaks for itself. Mr. Cerf brings with him a focus on accountability for teachers and administrators, as well as increasing charter school options that allow parents to extricate their children from chronically underperforming schools. Improving public education is the new civil rights struggle of our time, and I look forward to hearing more from the nominee during the confirmation process about his ideas for providing every child in New Jersey with a quality education.
Senator Diane Allen:
Reforming the education system to ensure every child is prepared to succeed in a rapidly changing world requires creativity and strong leadership. I believe Christopher Cerf will bring both of these attributes to the Department of Education if confirmed. He brings an impressive track record not only of getting results, but of building much needed consensus among all players, as a Deputy Chancellor in our nation's largest public school system.