April 22, 2010
HAITI, CHILE, CHINA, NEW JERSEY:
Gov. Chris Christie says N.J. school budget defeats should serve as 'wake up call' (Star-Ledger, April 22, 2010)
Gov. Chris Christie called the defeat of 58 percent of school budgets proof voters support his agenda. The state’s largest teacher’s union called it a "wake-up call" to the governor and a demand for new solutions.Posted by Orrin Judd at April 22, 2010 6:16 AM
The finger-pointing continued Wednesday, one day after 316 of 541 of the state’s school budgets were defeated. The 58.4 percent total was the highest failure rate since the New Jersey School Boards Association began keeping track in 1976.
The noisy campaign that preceded Tuesday’s voting also helped drive up voter turnout; 27 percent of people voted in elections that normally draw about 15 percent. [...]
Christie slashed aid to school districts by $820 million and urged districts not to raise property taxes to make up the difference. He also advised voters to reject budgets if local teachers unions did not accept a one-year wage freeze and contribute at least 1.5 percent of their salary to health benefits.
He called the results "a seismic change."