PATERSON – Gov. Chris Christie formally announced an educational clearing house pilot progam here with pioneering Harlem educator Geoffrey Canada.
Christie said Canada’s Harlem Children’s Zone would help facilitate and deliver educational services in concert with the state Department of Education – using existing resources.
“We’ll partner with nonprofits to start implementing this program in this community,” said Christie. “Breaking down the silos at the state level. The whole point is to take the existing resources we have and help them work more efficiently. …To make the way we serve chldren and families more… results-driven.”
“I don’t know Paterson that well,” said Canada. “Paterson looks so much better than Harlem looked when I began this project. …People laughed at us when we said we wanted to rebuild Harlem. Fifteen years ago, they couldn’t give away the property in Harlem. Folks had given up on the community. This is not Geoff coming to the community and telling them how to save the community, this is about local leadership taking the front row in saving their community.”