Just in case you had any doubts left:
That's the NJ Republican State Committee, going after a union official for saying something admittedly dumb. No, they aren't going after a Democrat; they're going after the head of a teachers union.
Right after the obnoxious echo chamber (life's not always fair... life's not always fair...) comes the true mendacity of the ad: that the "achievement gap" is the result of... what? Unionization? Vince Giordano? Not enough standardized testing?
As I've said, the "achievement gap" is a terrible way to judge the effectiveness of a school system. West Virginia has a tiny achievement gap and all of NJ's student groups blow the doors of their student groups: white students, black students, poor students, non-poor students. Should we demand our white, non-poor students do worse so we can close the "gap"?
The Republican party hates unions because 1) they represent middle-class working people, and 2) they are the bulk of the volunteer, GOTV forces for the Democratic party during elections. Reforminess is simply an excuse for Republicans to consolidate power.
Count on a lot more of this nonsense in the brave, new, Super-PACish future we have coming.