Christie taps new education chief for N.J.

N.J. Gov. Christie on Monday made it official as he selected former New York City schools deputy chancellor Chris Cerf to be the state’s education commissioner.

The governor, who has praised Cerf, 56. for his record of reform and innovation, said Cerf’s philosophical approach to many education issues is in line with his.

Cerf has said tenure has massively mutated from its original intention into lifetime protection for teachers.

“We can’t live in a world where it takes hundreds of thousands of dollars of administrative process and lawyers fees to terminate a teacher that is obviously ineffective with children,” said Cerf.

Cerf, who went to work for New York public schools in 2004, closed 90 failing schools and boosted the city’s charter school options.

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