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Chris Cerf


Chris Cerf was Superintendent of the Newark, New Jersey public schools and previously was New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education, where he oversaw 2,500 public schools, 1.4 million students and 110,000 teachers. He was also chief executive officer of Amplify Insight. Previous positions include deputy chancellor of the New York City Department of Education, associate counsel to President Clinton, a partner in two Washington, D.C., law firms, and law clerk to retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor.

Published Articles & Media

First Lady Michelle Obama and Newark Mayor Cory Booker sit with children at the Maple Avenue School in Newark, N.J., Thursday, Nov. 18, 2010.

Booker Education Record Includes Much To Tout

“His position is unwavering,” a former colleague writes.

A Response to Chester E. Finn’s Open Letter

The Zuckerberg gift made a massive difference in the lives of children in Newark, and continues to do so today.

Dispelling Five Falsehoods About Newark’s School System

Having served as New Jersey’s Commissioner of Education from 2011 to 2014, I have had an inside view into efforts to improve Newark’s struggling school system.

Profound Implications for State Policy

If we are truly serious about improving student learning, we must think anew about teacher recruitment, placement, evaluation, professional development, retention, and separation.

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