NYC Official Picked to Head Newark Schools

Wednesday, May 4, 2011  |  Updated 12:23 PM EDT
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Gov. Chris Christie has named Cami Anderson, a former executive director of Teach for America with close ties to Newark Mayor Cory Booker, superintendent of Newark public schools.

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New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie has named a New York City schools official as Newark's new schools superintendent.

Cami Anderson most recently served as superintendent of Alternative High Schools and Programming for the New York City Board of Education.

She is a former executive director of Teach For America, which recruits teachers to work in urban schools.

Anderson has close ties to Newark Mayor Cory Booker. She was an adviser to Booker in his first campaign for mayor in 2002.

The governor's office said Wednesday that Anderson's selection followed a five-month search to identify reform-oriented candidates.

Anderson will head a troubled school district in which nearly half of students do not graduate from high school. The city's schools received a $100 million grant last fall from Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

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