Archive: March, 2013
Gov. Christie’s announcement of a state takeover of Camden schools has not scared off the three finalists for the Camden Superintendent job.
Former Philadelphia School Reform Commission member Heidi Ramirez, current Willingboro superintendent Ronald Taylor and Oakland school district administrator Denise Saddler are all vying for the job of turning around New Jersey’s worst performing school district and will be doing a “Meet and Greet” with the public tonight.
The Camden Board of Education's candidates will be considered by the state, Christie said Monday, but the board now will serve in only an advisory role and has no final say. Christie could add more names to the mix.
As we reported Sunday evening, Gov. Christie will be in Camden Monday to announce a state takeover of the Camden School District. Here are some excerpts of my interviews with some school board members following the our confirmation of the news.
As of Sunday evening only a few board members knew of the announcement and those who did hardly had details.
Gov. Christie's announcement Monday of his takeover of the Camden school district was met with support from a few board members but also with complete disagreement from others, including one board member who simply quit on the spot.
Here are two opposing views on the topic. First is board member Felicia Reyes-Morton's speech in which she expresses support for the governor's plan. Second, is board member Kathryn Ribay's resignation letter in which she expresses disappointment in the governor's decision.
Felicia Reyes-Morton :
Gov. Christie plans to announce Monday that he is taking the extraordinary step of putting the educational and fiscal management of the Camden School District under state control, The Inquirer has learned.
As part of the takeover of what the state considers the worst-performing district in New Jersey, Christie will appoint a new superintendent and leadership team, shifting the school board to an advisory role, according to administration officials briefed on the plan.