The Snow Job, New Jersey Schools, And The Truth About Chris Christie's Rhetoric

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How do I get from my hell being that of the guy on the right, to being that of the guy below?The guy below must be from like Atlanta or something. I bet Georgia Tech closes for a week.

By the way, New York City schools are… OPEN!

And all the stock exchanges say that they are running at normal capacity and hours.

As a matter of fact the heat from the server rooms is being channeled out to the parking lots around Direct Edge, and their parking lot looks like this:

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Oh, and yes, there are six cars in the lot. They belong to all of the Direct Edge employees.The world is watching New York City, and Mayor Bloomberg knows it too. He has the plow trucks ready, for sure.

They are each provisioned with fresh hoagies, 12packs of Bud, and fresh batteries in their DVD players. (Sorry… kidding, Mayor. Please don’t hike the prices on our Bloomberg terminals; we can poke fun at Dubai ownership of Chicago’s parking meters tomorrow. Fair?)

Governor Christie gave his state of the state address yesterday. In it he declared reforming NJ’s public school system his biggest challenge.

Celebrity guest, Michelle Rhee joined him and the two symbolized together that the way to reform was to expand charter schools, eliminate tenure for teachers (in NJ, teachers are tenured after a whopping 3 years of teaching), and reward the best teachers and systems based on merit.

The speech was grandiose, and I agreed with many of his points. I will say this, though, the speeches about reform are grand, but they don’t jive with what he actually is doing in NJ. He has been demonizing school superintendents and teachers in the best performing school districts (Chatham, is one of them). He decreed that school administrator pay be capped by a government based formula, causing many administrators to retire. He has cut aid and funds to all schools, and disproportionately to the best performing schools, in order to keep afloat the school districts that are Abbot District Schools (poor urban districts).

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While Chatham spends about $14,000 per student to churn out a 100% graduation rate, high test scores, safety, and world class offerings including Mandarin Chinese, the systems in Newark, Jersey City, Trenton, and 28 other Abbot districts spend twice that number, and have failed at every measure. Those districts have an administrator for everything, and cronyism is rampant there. Systems like Chatham subsidise the failure in those billion dollar waste land systems.So while holding press conferences to demonize a guy who is making $20,000 more than a government accounting office has decreed he should be paid, the good governor is clipping coupons instead of going after Seymour the Fund-Eating Plant.

Christie is kind of doing what the SEC has been doing this past year. They have been ignoring real reforms and occasionally publicizing with great fan-fare how they stopped a $386 dollar insider trading ring.

Off the soap box.


This post previously appeared at Themis Trading >

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