Who's Your Daddy?

Andy Smarick over at Fordham’s Flypaper blog, has been having fun with what he calls the “Universal State Application Theorem,” which holds that there is an inverse relationship between a state’s Race To The Top application and stakeholder (particularly, state teacher union) support. In other words, the more progressive and reform-minded the RTTT application, the fewer local bargaining units will sign on. He notes that “In Florida, only 5 local unions signed on…the state has 67 districts.”

Well, New Jersey should be proud. While Florida can boast a respectable RTTT application because only 7.46% of local FEA chapters signed off, we leave them in the dust: 20 local units of NJEA out of 591 signed our RTTT application, or 3.38%.