Ladies and gentlemen, welcome to the rabbit hole, the other side of the looking glass, the place where nothing makes sense.
I just read this headline on NJ.com:
Gov. Chris Christie urges voters to reject school districts' budgets without wage freezes for teachers.
I am speechless.
Except for this:
Please, voters of Ridgewood, use your heads and don't be swayed by what Governor Christie wants.
Christie wants to break the NJEA? OK.
Christie is playing power and politics? Whatever.
At the end of the day (sorry, I do hate that phrase), the residents of Ridgewood only owe their allegiance to one entity -- and it's not a big guy in Trenton, whether that big guy is the governor or the chairman of the NJEA. The citizens of Ridgewood answer to ourselves. And our children.
The REA should have voted to accept the concession presented by their leadership -- not because Christie told them to, but because it was the right thing to do for Ridgewood.
We need to pass the budget on April 20 because it's the right thing to do. Failure of the budget will result in further cuts to our educational programs. Failure of the budget will not teach the NJEA or REA a lesson. It will only hurt our schools.
More to come...
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