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NJ Reorganizes Education Department for Reform


The Garden State makes education policy a priority.

New Jersey's Education Department has a new structure that's geared toward making policy changes.

The state Board of Education unanimously approved the overhaul on Wednesday.

Acting Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf says the changes will move the department from one that's mostly concerned with compliance toward making sure the children graduate from high school ready for college or careers.

Under the changes, there are four main divisions. One will be in charge of identifying and measuring goals. One will be in charge of recruiting, developing and retaining teachers and administrators. One will be in charge of making sure the state's standardized tests are meaningful. The fourth is led by an "innovation officer'' in charge of programs like charter schools.