Issue 166, October 25, 2010From Homeschool HelpersIn association with Pass It On Ministries
By Dan L. White
New Jersey is a battleground for the public school monopoly. And it sounds like it.The Republican governor of the state, Chris Christie, calls the woman who is head of thestate teachers' union a "greedy thug." She calls him a "bully" and a "liar."It goes downhill from there.Governor Christie wants to change the education system in New Jersey. The teachersunion buys ads personally attacking him because of that. That is a common tactic of public school teachers. Some time back Utah's legislature passed a limited voucher law that chipped away at the public school monopoly there. Teachers poured money intothat state from all over and got a referendum passed that reversed that law.For teachers to be able to buy ads advocating more money for public schools is a conflictof interest. The more they convince people to support the public schools, the moremoney they get personally. The more money they get, the more money they have to buy advertising to convince the country to give them still more.The public schools in New Jersey get $17,794 per year per student.Let's break that down a little bit. For a ten month school year, the government schoolsthere get about $1800 per month in tuition. There are about twenty school days in amonth, so the schools get about $90 per day per student. If we figure six hours of instruction per day, the schools in New Jersey get $15 per hour per student.Think about that. The New Jersey public schools get about $15 per hour per student. You could hire a personal tutor for each student for $15 per hour.To pay for that, New Jersey property owners pay an average of over $6500 in property taxes. That's over $500 per month just in property taxes. The average teacher pay thereis over $61,000 per year and they get a pay raise every year, no matter what. Still they run ads hollering for more money for their schools, which is for them.