Cerf: Only Christie knows whether Ruiz’ tenure bill will be signed

TRENTON – Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf said today that he doesn’t know if Gov. Chris Christie will sign Sen. Teresa Ruiz’s tenure reform bill, which unanimously passed both houses of the Legislature.

“The only person who knows that is the governor,” Cerf said at a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing into his nomination. “In the end, it’s his decision.”

Cerf then revealed his opinion. He said that from a comprehensive education reform perspective, “it’s a terrible disappointment.”

“It’s a bill that invites you to return to the task (of comprehensive education reform).”

However, looking at the bill on how it addresses the tenure issue, Cerf said, “it’s a pretty good bill.”

The bill revamps how teachers acquire tenure, but was heavily amended as it worked its way through committee earlier this year. 

Cerf: Only Christie knows whether Ruiz’ tenure bill will be signed