Christie lack of action is disgusting, and I am very, very happy to see the NJEA strike this tone. They need to push this message relentlessly. It's Grover Norquist's famous "drown it in the bathtub" strategy in action; he's going to decimate public schools by denying them as much money as he can, even if that money is there for the taking.With just a few days left before classes start this fall, Gov. Christie is inexplicably dragging his feet on completing a slam-dunk application for $268 million. The federal money, already approved by Congress, would put 3,900 laid off school employees back to work.More than two weeks after publicly questioning whether he would apply for the money at all, he continues to stall. His indefensible delay threatens to leave 3,900 New Jersey school employees on the unemployment rolls rather than working in our schools in September.Although many states have already signed and submitted their applications, Gov. Christie indicated last Monday that he still needs more time to prepare and submit New Jersey's application.That is odd, considering that the entire application consists of a single question. (Emphasis mine)
If Christie does not at least pledge funding in specific amounts to school districts, they will not hire back any of the teachers they furloughed - many of whom have not found another job. The class lists and schedules will be locked in; even if your kid is in an overcrowded classroom, you don't want her moving to a new teacher in October. He's going to make next year miserable for parents, teachers, and - worst of all - kids so he can give himself the green light to "fix" what's wrong with our schools.