Does that support give us a pretty good idea of where Fulop really stands on key Administration priorities like pension, education and tax reforms? Or was it simply a matter of strategy, trading a hardened Obama Democrat like outgoing Mayor Jeremiah Healey for a more palatable Democrat?
Following this week’s announcement of a state takeover of the Camden school district, everyone (and their mothers) weighed in to access the wisdom of what sounds, at least on the surface, like a dramatic governmental intervention in a local school district. But is it really, Save Jerseyans?
It is always preferable to have public schools managed by local communities, and the citizens of Camden must be assured that they will continue to have a strong and respected voice in reforming a public school system that meets the needs of all Camden students.”
So what in God’s name do they consider local control? Fidelity to a two-headed hydra… (1) a school board and (2) a teacher’s union. I’m no fan of school boards as a general matter for reasons which we’ve discussed at length here at Save Jersey. The latter institution, however, represents a multi-million dollar lobbying powerhouse primarily preoccupied with preserving its political clout even when it comes at the expense of the children and its own membership. Every campaign cycle, this lobbying powerhouse spends millions of dollars supporting candidates and causes which have stymied common sense reforms and given rise to a spider’s web of state and federal education regulations that leave precious little control in the hands of individual teachers, parents and students.
And if you still believe local communities play any meaningful role in the education system, revisit the “anti-bullying” debate for all of the evidence you require to contradict your assumptions.
Yup, you’re in control alright, Save Jerseyans… of who will serve as your local education overlord when you vote every November. There is no true freedom for local communities without school choice reform! Count on it.
As part of the takeover of what the state considers the worst-performing district in New Jersey, Christie will appoint a new superintendent and leadership team, shifting the school board to an advisory role, according to Christie administration officials briefed on the plan.”
The Inky also reports that the plan is supported by “at least a few school board members and key Democratic leaders in the South Jersey political establishment, some of whom are expected to join Christie at the takeover announcement Monday in the city, officials said.”
Governor Chris Christie is on another post-Sandy recovery tour today, Save Jerseyans.
First, he’ll reopen a school damaged by the storm. Then the Big Guy will travel about 30 minutes up the Garden State Parkway to Atlantic City with the mission of boosting our tourism industry ahead of the quickly approached summer season:
CAPE MAY COUNTY
WHO: Governor Chris Christie
WHAT: Visit with Students
WHEN: 1:00 p.m.
WHERE: Stone Harbor Elementary School 275 93rd Street Stone Harbor, NJ
We’ve talked a lot in recent years aboutthe alarming level of waste in public education, Save Jerseyans. Frankly, I wouldn’t even give as much of a damn if we were getting a return on our dollar. But we’re not.
Are you ready for a better investment that helps both students AND your bottom line? The results of a new study discovered a profitable surprise for taxpayers derived from the District of Columbia’s voucher program (h/t ChoiceMedia):
This new review of the OSP’s cost effectiveness was conducted by Patrick Wolf, a professor of education reform at the University of Arkansas and Michael McShane with the American Enterprise Institute and also with the department of education reform at the University of Arkansas.
The two based their analysis on data provided from the official U.S. Department of Education evaluation of the program.
The numbers, says McShane, make it very clear: true school choice pays off.
There was a total benefit of about $183 million dollars because there are about 420 graduates walking on the streets of our nation’s capital because of this program that wouldn’t been there otherwise. And because the program only cost about $70 million to execute, we saw a benefit of about $2.62 for every dollar that was spent on the program.
Imagine how much New Jersey’s taxpayers could save if the Trenton Democrats would finally move on the forever-languishing Opportunity Scholarship Act? As this study’s results make plain for all, school choice policies are a profitable investment for everyone involved.