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Chris Cerf has yet to be confirmed as New Jersey Education Commissioner. WNYC reporters Nancy Solomon and Bob Hennelly discuss the issues around his appointment.
Like the preceding segment, the subject of charter schools requires more attention than the time allotted here allows because, at least in New Jersey, funding comes at the expense of public schools, giving the charters an inherent advantage as the public schools are weakened. Interesting case in point: the NJ appellate court just rebuffed a challenge to a religiously oriented charter that was brought by the East Brunswick school board.
I think the recent Freakonomics show on education and how it is run using an outdated model makes a lot of sense. I am a NYC Teaching Fellow in my 6th year of teaching. It is really difficult to be optimistic about public education for the masses using the current model. It works for some, but not many. We need to adapt to the changing student population if we are to succeed in educating them.
Can the story that the reporters are relating be more exemplary of a case of "It's not what you know but who you know"? The money is going from taxpayer to pol to donor without very much of it hitting the road.
Sickening - but not unexpected because NJ is a pay to play state.
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