UPDATE: Cami Anderson Removed as State Appointed Superintendent of Newark Public Schools

New Jersey Commissioner of Education David Hespe announced on June 22 the release of Cami

Anderson as State appointed Newark Public School Superintendent. Anderson, who has one

year left on her contract, will be released from her post on July 8, 2015. She will be replaced by

former New Jersey Public School Commissioner Christopher Cerf. He will serve as interim

superintendent until a permanent superintendent is appointed.


Commenting on Anderson’s removal, Newark Mayor Ras Baraka, a long time critic of Anderson

and her policies, made the following statement:


“The resignation of Superintendent Anderson is the first of many steps needed to regain

local control of Newark Public Schools. Our ultimate objective is local control of our

schools and we will continue to work diligently and fervently towards this end. This is an

opportunity for transition and we want to be able to return control to parents to make

decisions affecting their children’s education.”


Although the community is pleased that Anderson is leaving, there is still much work that needs

to be done to undo her failed educational policies. Moving forward, The Alliance for the Newark

Public Schools and other community groups will closely monitor the work of Christopher Cerf.


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