New Jersey is becoming ground zero in the Republican campaign to turn public schools into corporate profit centers. Governor Christie’s education plans include a new $825 million private school voucher program paid for by cutting $820 million out of the public education budget. The program was designed by Christie and his Education Commissioner – Christopher Cerf - who just happened to previously be the President of the world’s largest for-profit school corporation – Edison Schools, Inc.
So is this just a case of Republicans believing that privatization is always better? Not exactly…it turns out Governor Christie used to be a lobbyist on behalf of Edison Schools Incorporated – and routinely lobbied the state on behalf private schools.
And now as Governor – Christie is giving the ultimate kickback to his former employers – the state’s entire public education system and over $800 million bucks. Chris Christie - the best governor money can buy.