Those of us in Jersey know well that charter leaders are able to skirt Chris Christie's vaunted cap on superintendents' salaries. This had led to experienced, successful superintendents leaving for jobs out of state; in at least one case, to be replaced by a dedicated union basher with a small track record of success.
Jersey folks, I'd like to show you one of these emails:
Yes, that's ACTING NJDOE Commissioner Cerf, back when he was working for Joel Klein at Tweed. Remember, it was Cerf's job to lead a "truth squad" for the NYCDOE. This squad monitored critics like Leonie Haimson and Ravitch, and then fed information to friendlies in the media so they could write scathing replies - all funded by the NYC taxpayers.
Cerf went so far as to direct his squad to videotape Ravitch's public appearances for a J. Edgar Hoover-like file they kept on her.
I think we ought to keep this history in mind in the weeks ahead, yes? Information does seem to be released from the NJDOE at very... convenient times these days.