According to State Senator Reed Gusciora, Trenton Central sent a kid to every Ivy League school last year with the exception of Harvard. Think about that: there is someone right now attending Yale, or Dartmouth, or Princeton, or Columbia, who went to a high school that looks like this:
Trenton Central's infamous "Waterfall" staircase.
Chris Christie, of course, likes to call schools like Trenton Central "failure factories." In truth, they are hero factories. Because any school that can produce Ivy League scholars in such deplorable conditions is full of heroic teachers and staff, educating heroic students, loved by their heroic parents.
The only "failure" at Trenton High is the failure of Chris Christie and his cronies to step up and do their damn jobs.
Of course, the Christie children go to a private high school with sports fields so large you can actually land a helicopter on them.
Delbarton is a great school; after all, it spends well in excess of $30K on each pupil who attends. Guess what you get for that kind of scratch?
Chirs Christie: "I don't want anything worse for the children of this city [Camden] or any other city in the state of New Jersey than I would want for my own children."
(0:43) "I, as governor, am responsible for every child in this state, not just my own. And the decisions that I make are to try to improve the educational opportunities of every child in this state. So with all due respect, Gail, it's none of your business."Governor Christie, with all due respect: you really suck at your job. You could put Trenton Central on a path to health tomorrow if you actually gave a damn about it. You've had four years to address this issue, which is right in the center of the state capitol. The SDA has been a joke since you came into power. But you won't even visit the school.
It's clear, Governor Christie, that you either don't care about Trenton's children, or don't have the skills to solve this problem. No one else is to blame for this failure but you. Lord forgive you if a child is actually harmed in these squalid, dangerous conditions.
Hallway, Trenton Central.
Is this the "leadership" you really want, America? Seriously?
Good luck in 2016, Republicans.
ADDING: I really need to say this again: these kids are amazing. I only hope I live long enough to vote for Nukermini Kermah when she runs for Congress. And I don't know what Jada Bailey wants to do with her life, but she is exactly the sort of young person we should be encouraging to teach: poised, articulate, compassionate, obviously cracker-jack smart.
These incredible young women are not failures. Their parents are not failures. Their teachers are not failures.
The only failures I see are the people who own and run everything.