I will protect your pensions. Nothing about your pension is going to change when I am governor. - Chris Christie, "An Open Letter to the Teachers of NJ" October, 2009

Thursday, April 15, 2010


Oh my sweet lord...
Teacher retirements could jump seven-fold, with as many as 30,000 veteran educators exiting before the next school year if the Christie administration alters benefits and pension rules, the NJEA said Thursday.  
The state teachers union warned of chaos in the classroom and “irreparable damage to every school system in the state” following news that the administration is working out the details of a plan to change the rules for those who receive medical benefits and pensions through the state.
Insanity. We are halfway into April, the budgets are voted on NEXT WEEK, and we're hoping NOW for a retirement tsunami?

Building principals are going to be scrambling to staff their classrooms. Central offices will be hustling to get advertisements out for positions. Will new teachers be properly vetted?

Is there info out there for veteran teachers to make their decisions? How will they decide based on this? Do you think three months is enough time to make a life-changing decision like this? WHILE you're teaching, and in the middle of NJASK season?

If you retire as a teacher, the Treasury Dept has counselors to help you plan out how to do it. Think there will be enough to handle this? Did anyone think about that?

Sheer incompetence. Christie once again proves he is not up to the job. Just like his mentor:

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