Supporters of Gov. Christopher Christie are being careful to point out that their gripe is with teacher unions, not teachers. That’s why it’s interesting to note that voters in the Northern Highlands Regional High School district voted down the budget by a 52%-48% margin even though Maryann Woods-Murphy, the 2009-10 New Jersey Teacher of the Year, was featured in TV ads run by the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) promoting a yes vote on school budgets. In Bergen County, 54 of 74 school budgets (73%) passed in a state that rejected 59% of them, but the district where the highly-recognized Woods-Murphy teaches Spanish was note one of them.
Budgets also failed in the home school districts of NJEA president Barbara Keshishian and NJEA vice president Wendell Steinhauer.