Gov. Christie's New Jersey education overhaul runs up against clock
Gov. Chris Christie, after proclaiming 2011 the "year of education reform" in January, is running out of time to make good on overhauling New Jersey's school system before lawmakers wrap up the current session. Christie, 49, a first-term Republican, said during a Nov. 18 speech at the University of Notre Dame that the teachers' union has a "$130 million political slush fund" to thwart his plans. He said the New Jersey Education Association uses it "to help their friends and punish their enemies." Christie has urged the Democratic-led Legislature to act before the session ends in January on bills to overhaul schools, as well as ethics and civil-service rules. His education measures take aim at tenure and pay, and would offer vouchers to students from poor families.
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