Check out this press release in response to the PIACS lawsuit against the districts:
The Association supports the parents and children who want to send their children to PIACS,” Perez said. “We don't believe public school districts should be using valuable taxpayer money to fight to keep other children from having high-quality public school options. It's unfair that a start-up charter school is forced to spend its limited resources fighting a public school district instead of using that money to educate children.”
Sounds like Perez was a hit in Chicago when Arne Duncan was Superintendent, but got stymied in the rest of Illinois by districts that were allowed to *GASP* decide for themselves if they need or want a charter. This really brings his "tyranny of the majority" quote into focus.
New Jersey has become a bad flashback for Mr. Perez. The pesky, noisy people in Highland Park, Cherry Hill, Teaneck and beyond that don't want to be a notch in his charter belt are a trigger; we're reminding him of the districts in Illinois that weren't buying his snake oil either.
It's no doubt Governor Christie keeps saying that charters should be focused in "failing" districts. It worked in Illinois, why not here? Maybe if we can convince President Obama to send Arne Duncan back to Chicago he will take Carlos Perez with him.
A girl can dream, can't she?