NJ governor touts new core school standards

September 13, 2011 10:17:20 AM PDT
Gov. Chris Christie says new curriculum standards being implemented in schools across New Jersey are sorely needed to prepare students for college and careers.

He says he's tired of seeing schools handing out what he calls "fake diplomas."

Christie's comments came after he and acting Education Commissioner Chris Cerf visited a Cherry Hill elementary school Tuesday to speak with first-graders.

On Monday, the governor sat down with school superintendents for an education round-table to discuss ways to update how schools measure success and to graduate more college-ready freshmen.

The administration is asking for a waiver to the federal No Child Left Behind Act, which requires states to set standards and goals to improve individual outcomes for children. Christie says it is flawed.