Teacher basher Chris "Photo Op" Christie is at it again. Jersey Jazzman has the exclusive interview: @GovChristie to Teacher: "I Am Tired Of You People!"
I asked him: "Why do you portray our schools as failure factories?" His reply: "Because they are!" He said: "I am tired of you people. What do you want?"
The Star-Ledger's Jenna Portnoy:
Christie cut more than $1 billion in state aid to schools in his first year in office.
Well, guess what, Gov, as a former educator and a past, current, and future American, I'm tired of you too:
- VIDEO: “Christie is as bad as the rest of these radical governors. Chris Christie is a disciple of GW Bush.”
- Chris Christie's guy: "I have no interest in paying for your health care. I'd hate to see you get cancer but that's your problem, not mine."
Check out Jazzman's post, because it's the prelude to the following excerpts of the must-read Letter to Governor Christie from the New Jersey Teacher He Screamed At by the "public school teacher that works an average of 60 hours a week":
Apparently that question struck a nerve. When you swung around at me and raised your voice, asking me what I wanted, my first response “I want more money for my students.” Notice, I did not ask for more money for me. I did not ask for my health benefits, my pension, a raise, my tenure, or even my contract that I have not had for nearly three years. [...]
We cannot keep short-changing our children and taking away opportunities for them to explore and learn. [...]
What do I want? What do 'we people' want? We want to be allowed to teach. [...]
Are you aware that poverty is the biggest determination of a child's educational success? [...]
Where is all of this money? To me it seems like it is being siphoned right off into the hands of private companies as they reap the benefits of the charter schools and voucher programs that you have put into place. [...]
You have portrayed us as greedy, lazy money-draining public servants that do nothing. I invite you to come do my job for one week Governor Christie. [...]
Has there been back-room meetings as you agree to divert public funds to private companies that are seeking to take over our public educational system? This is my theory. [...]
We want to be respected as we do this, not bullied.
Please go read the entire letter here.
Melissa Tomlinson, you are my hero.