Wednesday, August 29, 2012

The Multiplicity of Chris Christie (on ed reform)

Meet Chris Christie, the NJ Governor version, who describes the "bipartisan" success of Dem. Senator Ruiz's tenure reform bill in a press release from the Governor's Office (emphases my own):
Trenton, NJ – Marking the first extensive reform of New Jersey’s tenure law in over 100 years, Governor Christie today signed the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHNJ) Act, a sweeping, bipartisan overhaul of the oldest tenure law in the nation.
The new law, S-1455, is the result of nearly two years of consistent and vocal advocacy for real education reform by Governor Christie and good faith, bipartisan cooperation with members of the legislature, education reform advocates, and stakeholder groups [including unions and Democratic legislators].
Meet Chris Christie, Keynote Speaker at last night's GOP Convention and future Republican Presidential-hopeful:
We [Republicans]  believe that the majority of teachers in America know our system must be reformed to put students first so that America can compete. Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children. 
We [Republicans] believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future — demanding accountability, higher standards and the best teacher in every classroom. 
They [Democrats] believe the educational establishment will always put themselves ahead of children. That self-interest trumps common sense. They believe in pitting unions against teachers, educators against parents, and lobbyists against children. 
They [Democrats] believe in teacher’s unions.
We [Republicans] believe in teachers.

1 comment:

kallikak said...

"Teachers don’t teach to become rich or famous. They teach because they love children."

So we can cut teachers' expected lifetime compensation dramatically and still delude ourselves into thinking that good people will flock to the profession?

"We [Republicans] believe that we should honor and reward the good ones while doing what’s best for our nation’s future..."

Under the TEACHNJ Act, they'll ALL be good ones. Is there enough cash in the till to reward everybody?

"Honor" doesn't buy much at the ShopRite.