"He's more affable, he's more personable, even when you disagree with him, you can still have a civil disagreement with him," Abeigon said.That’s a welcome shift from the former animosity of NTU, as well as many other school community members, towards ex-superintendent Cami Anderson. For example, Anderson boycotted all School Advisory Board meetings because a resident referred to her child as a "brown baby," then-NTU President Joe del Grosso said that Anderson's policies were "an insult to Martin Luther King," the School Board gave her a vote of no-confidence and filed a petition with the State Board of Education demanding her removal, and last May eight Newark students "occupied" Anderson's office.
Abeigon said Anderson had stopped dealing with the union at all, but that Cerf has met with him in person, spoken on the phone and exchanged emails with him during his first weeks on the job. Abeigon also said he's not planning any immediate job actions even though the teacher contract expired in June.
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