Source: Cerf will not attend schools hearing Tuesday

Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf will not be attending the Joint Committee on Public Schools hearing, scheduled for Tuesday morning, sources told

Cerf has come under criticism after the Newark public School District hired a consulting group he founded for an ambitious plan to replace underperforming schools with charter schools.

Committee Co-Chairman Sen. Ronald Rice (D-28) of Newark said early Monday afternoon he wasn’t sure if he would be attending the hearing.

It wasn’t immediately known if Marc Larkins, CEO of the New Jersey Schools Development Authority, would be in attendance. He also had been invited to appear before the committee.

Education Department Spokesman Alan Guenther declined comment when asked about Cerf.