Tuesday, April 20, 2010
If you, like me, think that the teachers unions are one of the big reasons why our monopoly public schools deliver unacceptable results at too high a cost (a standard that liberals embrace when talking about health care, but curiously not education), the latest shot from New Jersey Governor Chris Christie will send a thrill up your leg.
I had no idea today was election day for the school budget. Of course, I do travel a lot but still, has this been publicized at all? Even a little bit? I'm embarrassed.
Check out the Princeton Schools web page. In their electioneering, they link to (and ask you to click) on a site labeled "Information from our children", and claim it "is their web site". The children put the linked site on line? Clever kids!
Of course the children think the teachers derserve a fully funded budget too. This is a scandal; the page is obviously the work of the union and it's being pushed by the school board. This really stinks, just as the Governor was saying.
I admire his strategy. Grab the bull by the tail, knowing full well he's not only going to get dirty, but he's going to get the living daylights kicked out of him and, in the end, he may not get all he wants out of the NJEA, but he'll come away with a lot of good and they'll be licking their own wounds.
This is the first time I've had to stand in line to vote in a school budget election. A good sign, either way.