Hope Springs Eternal,

at least regarding the N.J. Senate's ability to resist union-pandering and stand strong on the state's efforts to improve instruction and assessment. 

From today's NJ Spotlight:
As the new PARCC tests ramp up this week in New Jersey and go statewide next week, opponents of the new standardized testing won a victory yesterday in the Assembly with overwhelming and bipartisan approval of a bill to delay the use of the test results in evaluating schools, students and teachers. 
But whether the legislation will go much further is an open question, with state Senate leaders so far showing no inclination to move on the bill and the Christie administration moving ahead with PARCC implementation– at least for now.