How many times have I read stories about New Jersey Governor Chris Christie blowing his stack when the subject is education or teachers?
Just yesterday he blew up when a stranger made a passing remark about his education policy.
Is it a sign of a guilty conscience?
Governor Christie is doing everything possible to privatize public education: promoting online charters (even though they have not been authorized by the State Legislature), expanding charter schools, flirting with vouchers. And, he has famously attacked the New Jersey Education Association, throwing choice epithets their way.
It is easy to forget that Governor Christie is a graduate of Livingston High School, where he received an excellent public school education. It is easy for him to forget that New Jersey is one of the highest rated states in the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress. In other words, it has an excellent public school system. If New Jersey would focus on improving the districts marred by intense poverty and segregation, it would the “Garden State” of public education.
Maybe New Jersey readers could explain the governor’s antagonism to anything related to the public schools that benefited him.