Chris Cerf's decision to leave ed post is New Jersey's loss

Wednesday, February 19, 2014

Someone ought to give Chris Cerf a flak suit as he parachutes out of Gov. Chris Christie’s shrinking inner circle. New Jersey’s departing Commissioner of Education has a new gig at the education technology firm Amplify Insight, but warm wishes are scant.

Instead, critics are lobbing rocks at Cerf for two perceived transgressions: one, his shift to the private sector, particularly to a company with a sullied reputation in the Garden State, and two, his education agenda, which some regard as insufficiently deferential to traditional public schools.

Let’s get the first one out of the way. Last week Cerf announced his descent from the pristine tower of the Department of Education to the debased netherworld of Amplify Insight, a private company that sells data services to support student assessments.

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