Those of us who follow education policy in this state didn't need a poll to know that Christie's education policies have hamstrung our public schools.
But the numbers in this recent Rutgers Eagleton poll are very telling.
Support of Christie’s performance on education has remained steady since June: 44 percent of all voters approve and 49 percent disapprove. Republicans are more than twice as likely as Democrats to back the governor. Independents are slightly more likely to disapprove than approve."So more of the general public disapprove of this handling of education than approve. Not earth shattering or surprising, but noteworthy. But then catch this part.
Among the 13 percent of voters who call education the state’s most pressing problem, 88 percent disapprove of Christie’s performance and only 8 percent are positive. (emphasis mine.)Now THAT is staggering. 88% of people who are passionate about education think Christie is on the wrong track. 88%!!! Christie has next to no support in the education community.
And if you ask me (which you didn't) this is not just a comment on Christie himself, it's a repudiation of the national ed reform playbook. Christie's education policies aren't new or his own. In fact, some of them are veritable copies of ALEC model legislation.
Christie is just flat out wrong on SO MANY issues. Gay marriage, medical marijuana, gun control..
Oh, but that's right, he's a political celebrity now. The issues no longer matter.