Charter Schools New Jersey Newark Testing

Bob Braun: Cami’s Disastrous Appearance at Hearing

Interesting essay samples and examples on: https://essays.io/dissertation-examples-samples/

Bob Braun, who worked as an investigative reporter in Néw Jersey for decades until he retired, here describes Cami Anderson’s disastrous appearance before a committee of the Néw Jersey state legislature responsible for state-operated schools.

Anderson was appointed superintendent of the Newark public schools by Governor Chris Christie. The district has not had local control for 20 years but it does have a school board. Anderson refuses to attend the meetings of the powerless board. Anderson imposed a plan called “One Newark,” which caused upheaval and resistance as students were reassigned, and some neighborhood schools were closed and converted to charters.

Braun begins his post like this:

“Not a great day for Cami Anderson.

“The chairman of the legislative committee that oversees state-operated school districts Tuesday accused the state-appointed Newark superintendent of “taking the fifth” because she repeatedly refused to discuss her personal and business ties to a Newark charter school leader to whose organization she sold a Newark public school at less than fair market value. Anderson also was openly caught in a lie when she insisted before the Joint Committee on Public Schools (JCPS) that no school principals were in so-called “rubber rooms,” getting paid to do nothing–apparently unaware one of the principals was attending the hearing. She also was openly laughed at by committee members when she talked about a “legislative liaison” aide whom none had ever met.

“But the oddest thing that happened at the four-hour hearing was Anderson’s insistence that her reforms efforts should not be judged by falling state test scores because such scores were “inaccurate” and “unfair”–this, from a woman who has closed public schools and fired educators because of falling state test scores.

“Anderson, a woman who has shown nothing but smug contempt for critics, was reduced to offering what amounted to personal pleas that the legislators try to “understand my journey”or “my passion”–mawkish and overplayed efforts to depict herself as someone whose past helped her understand the problems of poor people. In the end, she had to be rescued after four hours by state Education Commissioner David Hespe who told the committee Anderson had had enough for one day and should be allowed to leave.

“Hespe wasn’t a witness. He wasn’t even supposed to be there. He was a sort of a minder–or, maybe, big brother– to hold Anderson’s hand (figuratively) while legislators from both parties relentlessly asked questions that demonstrated they failed to understand her genius and couldn’t give a damn about her journey through life and her passion for education. After her ordeal ended, Anderson refused to answer reporters’ questions and all but fled the committee room, chased by television cameras shining bright lights.”

Related posts

Stuart Egan: Who Is Behind the Assault on Public Education in North Carolina?

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Jon Pelto: Common Core Test Designed to Fail Most Students

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Reed Hastings: Destroyer of Public Schools

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

FAIRTEST: Testing Reform and Resistance

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Yong Zhao: How Did the U.S. Do on the Latest International Tests?

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Carol Burris: Joe Roy, a Hero of Public Education

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Yohuru Williams: The Inconvenient Truth About School Choice

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Gary Rubinstein: A Short and Powerful History of the Rise and Fall of the Corporate Reform Movement

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Laura Chapman: Why I Don’t Believe “Quality Counts”

V4tgDpeDBhQGUBa7

Leave a Comment