state are still closed and many have no heat or are in dangerous and precarious conditions. What's next for education reform and RTTT in NJ? Before NJ goes the way of NOLA, time to get ahead of the next tsunami of closures, privatization and union busting that no Springsteen song can stop. Christie might be happy he finally got to meet Bruce, but he is still the same bully who finally got to hang out with the cool kids for a while.
Like with any bullies, you have to stand up to them and that is what New Jersey will have to do as corporate education reformers try to capitalize on the situation by adhering to the shock doctrine. Only this time, as Susan O'Hanian says, it will be the shock doctrine in reverse. New Jersey's strong public school advocates and diverse, multicultural communities will stand up and say no more high stakes standardized testing as administrators try to find classrooms and housing for teachers and adults who are in crisis mode daily.
I recently saw the new Common Core for ESL students in New Jersey and they are totally "inappropriate" and all the teachers know it. How long will NJ teachers continue to blindly follow orders when their students are cold, hungry, sad and scared.
Well, with the vultures ready to prey on another vulnerable population, we will soon start hearing about closing schools and handing them over to charters and private companies. After all, the cry will be that there are no funds or resources because the state can't afford it. A state with a governor and a legislature who refused to raise taxes on those making more than $1 million a year and called for a 10% across the board tax cut in the state of the state last year.
Perhaps Bruce can write a song about that.
It's good to know the good folks over at the Education Law Center in Newark are keeping close tabs on the scoundrels. Now here are some data and measurements we can use in a storm.