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Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler Demands Education Reforms at Toms River Forum

(TOMS RIVER, APRIL 2) – Jersey City Mayor Bret Schundler Monday evening was the featured speaker at an education forum at the Grace of Peace Church in Toms River. Before a crowd of several hundred, he argued that it is time to seriously address New Jersey’s faltering education system.

“One definition of insanity is to continue to do the same thing over and over and expect a different result,” said Schundler. “Simply throwing more and more money at our failing school system won’t do anything to fix the problems – all it will do is waste even more money than we’re wasting now.

“New Jersey already spends more money on education on a per-student basis than any state in the Union, and what has it gotten us? Nothing but more bureaucracy, more dropouts, and more tax money being taken out of our pockets.

“If we really want to see better results, it’s time to make real changes. We need to reform tenure, so teachers who have lost their calling can be replaced by teachers who want to teach. We need to improve accountability, raise educational standards, and give parents more choices over the schools their children attend.

“These are common-sense solutions to the problems we’re talking about. All it takes to enact them is a leader with the courage to take on the special interests to get it done. Donnie DiFrancesco and the Democrats won’t get it done, because they’re in the hip pocket of the teachers’ union.

“By contrast, I’ve got a proven track record. I’ve taken on the special interests to fight for what’s best for the citizens of Jersey City – I’ve got the political scars to show for it – and Jersey City’s a better place to live, work, and raise a family.

“Now I want to take the fight to the special interests in Trenton. We can raise educational standards, lower property taxes, cut state income taxes, get rid of those darn Parkway tolls, roll back the toll and PATH fare increases at the Hudson River crossings, and control suburban sprawl when we reverse Mt. Laurel and revitalize our inner cities – if we can elect a Governor with the courage to lead and win.”


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