EDISON - A late Labor Day means early school start dates in many New Jersey districts.

Most of the state's schools usually open in the days after the end-of-summer holiday. But with it coming late this year, many districts are opening for classes this week.

The new year is bringing major changes in Newark, the state's largest district. Former state Education Commissioner Christopher Cerf is the new school superintendent there, replacing embattled Cami Anderson. Officials are also working on a plan to get the district out from under state control.

One other high-profile education announcement will not mean an immediate change.

Gov. Chris Christie says New Jersey should back away from the contentions national Common Core curriculum standards. But the state is just now forming a task force to review the standards.