Jersey Jazzman reports that Chris Cerf has selected an inexperienced young man, age 32, formerly on Cerf's staff in New York City, to take charge of the Camden, New Jersey, public schools.
Paymon Rouhaniford graduated from college ten years ago. He worked on Wall Street for Goldman Sachs. He worked for the New York City Department of Education, mainly in developing new charter schools.
For the past 10 months, he has been the "Chief Strategy and Innovation Officer" in Newark, which translated, means charters and privatization.
Notice that aside from his two years in TFA teaching sixth grade, he has never been a principal or a superintendent.
He probably has no licenses to teach or administer in the state of New Jersey, although Cerf may have abolished all such requirements by now.
This is truly innovative, selecting an inexperienced young man who has never run a school to run a district of very poor kids.
Here is what Chris Cerf said:
“Every child in New Jersey, regardless of zip code, deserves access to a high-quality education, and I’m confident Paymon Rouhanifard is the right person to make this goal a reality,” said Christie. “Paymon has a proven track record of improving the lives of hundreds of thousands of students in Newark and New York City, and brings innovative leadership that Camden needs moving forward. He has shown a deep commitment to working with parents and teachers to put students at the center of all decisions. Under his leadership, I know Camden’s schools will improve on the progress of these last few months.”
Cerf does not specify what he means by a "proven track record."