More questions for acting education commissioner Christopher Cerf, who has distanced himself from a group called Global Education Advisors that produced a report recommending that some of Newark’s low-performing public schools be replaced with charter schools.
In an interview with the Star Ledger’s Bob Braun, Cerf said his involvement with the group, which was founded by Cerf and lists his Montclair home as its NJ address, was short and took place when he was “a civilian.” Earlier this week, Cerf said he did little more than allow his address to be used for incorporation papers. According to the Ledger, Cerf also asked the paper not to publish the story because he didn’t think it was important. Conflict of interest was an issue for Cerf in New York.
Now Politicker NJ has an interview with Christopher Cerf’s brother Randy Cerf saying he never heard of Global Education Advisors. Before his appointment as acting education commissioner, Chris Cerf was chief operating officer of Sangari Global Education. Rajeev Bajaj, listed as company president of Sangari Global Education, is now operating Global Education Advisors.