The opposition to Cami Anderson during her tenure as superintendent stopped short of pitchforks. There were protests in the streets, shouting matches in community meetings—even unflattering graffiti.
I would expect with that show of force that any new superintendent would be strongly motivated to be collaborative with the mayor.
There’s a new reform project underway in Newark schools, with an unlikely partnership behind it: The superintendent and the mayor.
This was unthinkable only a year ago. The state took over the city’s school system in 1995, and most people in Newark regard it as an offense that Trenton still calls the shots 20 years later.
Relations spun out of control during the contentious reign of former Superintendent Cami Anderson, who became a key political target of Mayor Ras Baraka. That blocked any hope of a constructive partnership.
So mark this as a political milestone that will benefit children, with credit to both Baraka and Superintendent Chris Cerf, the former state education commissioner.