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

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Don't Go There

It's not that this article didn't say something interesting - but it implies a rift between teachers and other public servants that I don't see:
Police officers are among New Jersey’s best-paid public employees — particularly in Bergen and Passaic counties — earning far more than schoolteachers, a focus of Governor Christie’s attempt to slash government spending.  
While teachers statewide have been asked for wage freezes and to contribute more to health benefits and pensions, similar demands have not been made of police unions.
Just publishing this article sets up a division that the NJEA has scrupulously avoided - as well they should. The last thing we should do is give into a divide-and-conquer strategy.

I think most cops would tell you that good schools are probably the best crime prevention tool we have. And teachers know you can't teach kids who live in a community without law and order.

We are all on the same team here. It's too bad we don't have a governor who sees that.

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