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Report: Janey in Talks With Newark School System

There's a market for former D.C. school superintendents and senior-level staffers.

Former superintendent Clifford B. Janey, who was fired by Mayor Adrian M. Fenty nearly a year ago when the mayor took over the schools, is apparently a leading candidate to head the Newark, N.J., school system.

According to this story in the Star-Ledger, he is among three finalists and is the top choice among the majority of members of a search committee.

Janey, who lasted in D.C. almost three years, is among several former school officials who have done well since leaving the system.

Former superintendent Arlene Ackerman, who served from 1998-2000, became superintendent in San Francisco. She recently was hired to head the Philadelphia school system. Thomas M. Brady, who served as Janey's chief business operations officer, served as interim school chief in Philadelphia and was recently named superintendent in Providence, R.I. And Meria J. Carstarphen, who served as Janey's chief accountability officer, is now superintendent in St. Paul, Minn.

Dion Haynes

By Dion Haynes  |  May 20, 2008; 2:01 PM ET
Categories:  Education  
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Doesn't anyone in education check references? Ackerman in Philadelphia is shocking - her tenure was abysmal failure here and in San Francisco. And now Janey - my oh my . . .

Posted by: Ho Taft | May 20, 2008 4:16 PM | Report abuse

It seems to me that maybe the more talented educators left DC because of (1) inept mayors, (2) a city council that likes the way they look on tv and hear their own sound bites and (3) a majority of parents who would rather read the Enquirer than particpate at their child(rens) school.

Posted by: blkwrestl | May 21, 2008 9:39 AM | Report abuse

Newark children deserve better hopefully the mayor will look at Janey"s lack of pwerformance in DC

Posted by: JC | May 21, 2008 4:20 PM | Report abuse

Newark children deserve better hopefully the mayor will look at Janey's lack of performance in DC

Posted by: JC | May 21, 2008 4:21 PM | Report abuse

Considering the District is still, in large part, moving forward with the Janey plan of school improvement, I think it silly for anyone in the THIS city to suggest it to be a bad move. Particularly those who claim to support the "Rhee" plan.

Posted by: Anonymous | May 22, 2008 6:51 AM | Report abuse

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