A New Jersey teacher walked out on a conversation with New Jersey governor, Chris Christie…or the Governor “showed her the door.” What’s the truth? No one seems to know. A New Jersey teacher, Joe Coppola, who is the head of the Bergen County Teachers Union, circulated this pithy memo:
Dear Lord this year you have taken away my favorite actor, Patrick Swayze, my favorite actress, Farrah Fawcett, my favorite singer, Michael Jackson, and my favorite salesman, Billy Mays. I just wanted to let you know that Chris Christie is my favorite governor.”
The story goes that Barbara Keshishian, the president of a state teacher’s union, asked to rendevouz with Christie to offer an apology on behalf of Coppola, and was apparently asked to fire him. She refused. A spokesman said Keshishian does not have the authority to fire Coppola.
Governor Christie is not viewed in a favorable light by New Jersey School districts which will be seeing some cuts to their budgets because his predecessor, John Corzine, left the state in a deplorable financial mess. Teachers have been asked to embrace a one-year wage freeze to avoid necessary layoffs. Hmmmm. Teachers are having none of that nonsense:
More than 100 districts have achieved some type of salary freeze when administrators and staff are included. However, only a fraction of those include teachers, according to the governor’s office.
The source for this story, The Trentonian, has some interesting comments.