I'll save Rice's objections for another time; let's, instead, stick with the "key fact" that Cerf is doing a fine job, and that "no one disputes" his talent.Chris Cerf has been steering education policy in New Jersey for more than a year now, and no one disputes that he has brought talent and devotion to the work.But you can’t call him commissioner because the boys in the Senate won’t confirm him, for reasons that are beyond ridiculous. And the governor, instead of defusing the dispute, has escalated it by refusing to appoint judges in Essex County as retaliation.[...]Gentlemen, please. Here are the key facts in this dispute: Cerf is doing a fine job. Rice’s objection to him is crazy. And the most important stake in this game is to end the stranglehold on Essex County courts.It is way past time to move this nomination.
I often suspect Tom Moran doesn't read his own paper; if he did, he'd know that there are many people who question Cerf's "talent" (and not just wacko teacher-bloggers):
- The many citizens of Cherry Hill, Voorhees, Lawnside, and Somerdale - including the boards of education in each town - who object to having a charter school shoved down their throats that they neither want nor need.
- The many citizens of Highland Park, New Brunswick, and Edison who object to a boutique charter that misrepresented itself in its application, yet continues to be encouraged to reapply by the DOE.
- The many teachers and members of the NJEA who are tired of being vilified by this administration, and who are sick of Cerf's repeated defenses of Governor Christie's disgusting attacks.
- The charter applicants without political connections whose applications were turned down by the NJDOE, while others with ties to the administration sail through.
- The education researchers, judges, and journalists who question Cerf's repeated misuse of data to make the case for policies that exacerbate funding inequality and oversell the alleged benefits of charter schools.
- Citizens concerned about cronyism and secrecy in the NJ DOE.
Keep in mind: this is a partial list of stories just from Tom's own paper. I could go on quite a while longer if I expanded my sources.
I am sure it's comforting to the ACTING Commissioner that the editorial staff of the largest paper in the state really doesn't care much about these issues.
How the readers of the S-L feel is an open question.