New Jersey Commissioner of Education
|New Jersey Commissioner of Education|
|Office website:||Official Link|
|2013 FY Budget:||$11,783,954,000|
|Selection Method:||Appointed by Governor|
|Assumed office:||January 18, 2011|
|Other New Jersey Executive Offices|
|Governor • Lieutenant Governor • Secretary of State • Attorney General • Treasurer • Comptroller• Commissioner of Education • Agriculture Secretary • Insurance Commissioner • Commissioner of Environmental Protection • Labor Commissioner • Public Utilities Board|
Additionally the commissioner serves as secretary to the state Board of Education, developed code proposals, portions state aid to local districts, and conducts statewide tests. 
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The commissioner has the following duties:
- Serves as secretary to the State Board of Education;
- Develops code proposals for state board discussion and consideration;
- Apportions state aid to local districts;
- Administers regulations for classifying students with disabilities;
- Ensures that local districts adhere to all legal and state board requirements relating to school district operation; and
- Conducts statewide tests.
The budget for the Department of Education in Fiscal Year 2013 was $11,783,954,000.
In the first survey of its kind commissioned by the Department of Education, the majority of school superintendents criticized the state for not adequately helping to raise achievement or prepare students for college and careers. The 66 question survey was sent out to all 580 superintendents in 2011, of which 408 were returned during May and June.
Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf, indicating he took the concerns seriously, said in a letter to the superintendents, “The main takeaway for me is that our work at the Department too often strays from our No. 1 priority: to help all students in New Jersey graduate from high school ready for college and a career.” He plans to repeat the survey annually and alter the department accordingly.
New Jersey Department of Education
100 River View Plaza
P.O. Box 500
Trenton, NJ 08625
Telephone: (609) 292-4450
Fax: (609) 777-4099
- ↑ New Jersey Department of Education, "Office of the Commissioner," accessed October 16, 2011
- ↑ State of New Jersey Department of Education, Office of the Commissioner
- ↑ New Jersey Department of the Treasury, "FY 2012 - 2013 Appropriations Handbook," accessed April 22, 2013
- ↑ The Council of State Governments,"The Book of States 2010 Table 4.11," retrieved June 22, 2011
- ↑ New York Times, "New Jersey Superintendents Call State Agency Ineffective," August 15, 2011