Assembly Speaker Sheila Y. Oliver, (D-34), Essex/Passaic called on Gov. Chris Christie Monday to abandon his proposal that she said would allow some of New Jersey’s most beleaguered school districts to hire superintendents without a background in education.
The Speaker pointed to last week’s high-profile resignation of Cathie Black as New York City’s School chancellor as evidence that the public education system is a challenging environment that requires someone with an inherent knowledge of the system.
“New York City should be a lesson to us all that we run the risk of putting our children’s education in serious peril without someone with bona-fide credentials at the helm. No matter how smart or successful a person may be in another industry, the education field can pose a serious learning curve,” Oliver said in a release
“There are tremendously qualified leaders with extensive education backgrounds who are willing and eager to step up to the plate. With that in mind, I call on the Governor and the Department of Education to withdraw the proposed rules that would allow non-educators to be hired as superintendents in our underperforming school districts,” said Oliver.