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Going One on One With New Superintendent of Camden Public Schools

When Paymon Rouhanifard was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as superintendent of Camden public schools, questions quickly arose as to not only his plans for what is arguably New Jersey's most troubled district but also his experience and credentials to lead the state's fourth district takeover.

Going One on One With New Superintendent of Camden Public Schools

Paymon Rouhanifard addresses a gathering Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Camden, N.J., after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie named him superintendent of the city´s public schools. The choice of the onetime Iranian refugee with a compelling personal story to try to turn around Camden´s troubled schools is latest move by a governor seeking to put his imprint on education in the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)
Paymon Rouhanifard addresses a gathering Wednesday, Aug. 21, 2013, in Camden, N.J., after New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie named him superintendent of the city's public schools. The choice of the onetime Iranian refugee with a compelling personal story to try to turn around Camden's troubled schools is latest move by a governor seeking to put his imprint on education in the state. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

When Paymon Rouhanifard was appointed by Gov. Chris Christie as superintendent of Camden public schools, questions quickly arose as to not only his plans for what is arguably New Jersey’s most troubled district but also his experience and credentials to lead the state’s fourth district takeover.

Just 32 years old and with only six years of education experience in New York City and Newark, Rouhanifard knew that he would face an uphill climb in both the politics and the policy of turning around a district where less than a third of students pass the state’s proficiency tests.

Almost a month on the job and week into the school year, Rouhanifard sat down with NJ Spotlight for 90 minutes yesterday to talk about his plans and his challenges. The following are some key areas and priorities that he touched on.

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