Payne, Jr. Statement on Superintendent Anderson Departure

Jun 22, 2015 Issues: Education, Local Issues

Newark, N.J. – Today Congressman Donald M. Payne, Jr. (NJ-10) released the following statement after the office of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie announced that the Superintendent of Newark Public Schools, Cami Anderson, will step down by July 8. State Education Commissioner David Hespe will recommend former state Education Commissioner Chris Cerf as Superintendent Anderson’s replacement.

“Superintendent Anderson’s stepping down is the right decision—and long overdue.

“Under Superintendent Anderson’s leadership, Newark students, especially those with disabilities, have seen their educational opportunities eroded under the guise of school reform.

“There has been a complete lack of transparency and accountability from her administration, and a total lack of respect for the people of Newark.

“While Superintendent Anderson’s departure is a positive step, work remains to ensure that educational outcomes are strengthened for all students, and that local control over Newark public schools is restored.

“If approved by the state Board of Education to replace Superintendent Anderson, Mr. Cerf must set a new standard for openness and responsiveness, represent the concerns of the community, and prove that he has the students’ best interests at heart.

“I will continue to call for accountability on the part of those responsible for Newark Public Schools.”