HOWELL – Gov. Chris Christie promised a New Jersey teacher today he will check with the state’s education commissioner to see whether the state has trimmed funding for physical education.
The governor was prodded by a health education teacher of nearly two decades regarding why his administration has turned its back on physical and health education.
Christie said at his town hall that he wasn’t aware any such policy is in place and promised to look into it, but affirmed his decision to call for increased salaries for math and science teachers in the state.
“That does not mean that any other discipline is less valuable,” said Christie, explaining that’s his position because the state has a shortage of math and science teachers.
The governor also reaffirmed his battles against teachers’ unions have not been fought against teachers themselves, explaining his “goal in all of this is to elevate” good teachers and pay them more, while ridding the system of ineffective teachers.
“My problem is not the teachers,” he said.