Well, Here’s A Shot Across The Teacher’s Union’s Bow

I have to say this is a feisty pick

Bret Schundler, a former Jersey City Mayor and gubernatorial candidate who attracted national attention for his support of school vouchers and charter schools, is Gov.-elect Christopher Christie’s choice to head the state Department of Education.

Christie waged a public battle against the state teachers unions during his campaign for governor, and the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) spent a huge amount of money in a bid to re-elect Gov. Jon Corzine. Christie has continued to toss barbs at the teachers union since Election Day.

The Dept. of Education certainly needs to be cut back; it will be…interesting…to see the fireworks this sets off.

2 Responses to “Well, Here’s A Shot Across The Teacher’s Union’s Bow”

  1. NJ Sue says:

    I voted for Christie but I don’t like Schundler’s appointment. We can’t complain about political appointees being picked to head up giant bureaucracies without any expertise in said field (i.e. Janet Incompetano) and then say it’s okay on the state level. Schundler’s primary claim to educational fame is his championing of school vouchers when he ran for governor against McGreevey, and that’s why he lost. Voters feared his voucher scheme would destroy suburban property values, which are largely based on perceived school quality. I oppose vouchers, not just because I was once a card carrying member of the NJEA, but also because I don’t see why the state should subsidize private or religious schools with taxpayer money. I know there is a lot of fraud and abuse in public educational funding, but I don’t think the solution is a government-sponsored opt-out from the public system.

  2. Mr. Bingley says:

    I have to agree with my lovely Bride.

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