Consultant will help Cerf “transition”

State Street Wire is reporting that a consultant who was connected to Wireless Generation, the consulting company connected to the failed federal Race to the Top application, will be  paid through private funds to run acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf’s transition to the DOE’s top post.

The consultant, William Cox, of DSA Capital, has been studying issues affecting education in the state in an effort to aid Cerf in taking over the department.  Cox, who also consulted for Wireless Generation but was not part of the Race to the Top debacle, is being paid $60,000 for his work.

Cox’s tab is being picked up by The Broad Foundation, which has been heavily invested in Newark schools.  Cerf is a 2004 graduate of the Broad Superintendent Academy.

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Consultant will help Cerf “transition”