Cerf to disclose Broad Foundation activity

Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf agreed Monday that he will disclose all activity by the Broad Foundation as it relates to New Jersey schools, according to Senate Budget Committee Chairman Paul Sarlo.

The agreement came after Cerf disclosed that the California-based foundation had recently paid for a trip out of state so the acting commissioner could see successful charter schools elsewhere.  He did not put a dollar value on the trip or say where he went.

Sarlo said he has asked Cerf to provide information on any agreements that the foundation, which lists the proliferation of charter schools among its core missions, has with the state.  Broad has recently funded a study in the City of Newark that recommended the closing of several underperforming schools as well as a study on the entire system, which was requested by Cerf as part of his transition. Cerf to disclose Broad Foundation activity