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

Monday, October 17, 2011

Governor Goofus

Governor Goofus bad-mouths teachers and then cowardly says he only has a problem with their union when called on it.

Governor Gallant respects teachers and their union.

Governor Goofus pushes standardized testing to evaluate teachers and for other high-stakes decisions, even though all the evidence says this is a terrible idea.

Governor Gallant understands the reformy fetish with bubble tests is destroying our schools.

Governor Goofus stocks his panel on teacher evaluation with people who don't know the first thing about teaching.

Governor Gallant replaces cronies on his teacher credentialing committee with - surprise! - teachers.

Governor Goofus refuses to heed years of research that shows that charter schools, eliminating tenure, bubble tests, and merit pay are not the answer to educational "reform."

Governor Gallant understands our children deserve better than another flavor-of-the-month "reform." And is willing to stand up even to those in his own party when they sell educational snake oil.

h/t Highlights Magazine - hooray, they still publish it! The dentist's office would have been insufferable without it.

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