NJEA Executive Director to Poor Families: “Life’s Not Always Fair”

I know we’re focused on “higher” education today at the blog, Save Jerseyans, but NJEA Executive Director Vincent Giordano really stepped in it this weekend. Big time.

He appeared on Saturday’s NJTV “New Jersey Capitol Report” to discuss recent developments in the state’s never-ending education debate. When questioned about the fairness of New Jersey’s low income families being financially unable to afford the option of moving their children to better performing schools, Mr. Giordano was cold, dismissive, and completely unsympathetic to their plight.

The exact quote?

“Well, you know, uh, life’s not always fair and I’m sorry about that…” (click here and listen to the clip)

No kidding! At least he’s “sorry.”

I am, too.

Governor Christie recently pegged Mr. Giordano’s salary at $550,000 per year; the NJEA claims he’s only making $300,000.

I think he’s overpaid either way, Save Jerseyans.

And his “hey, they can technically transfer” argument is pure sophistry.

The “choice” he alludes to is illusory. Sure, it’s easy to send your kid to an academically and culturally stronger school when you earn $300,000 from public union dues. The 1%, including President and Mrs. Obama. But for the rest of us? School choice means scrimping and saving to pay both private school tuition AND property tax levies tied to education funding.

It’s a false choice, Save Jerseyans. Shame on Mr. Giordano for pretending otherwise.