Governor Christie Pushes Public-Private Partnership To Run Some Schools

TRENTON N.J. (CBSNewYork/AP) – New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he wants school boards in struggling districts to be able to hand over operations of some schools to outside education management organizations.

The groups could be for-profit companies.

Several other states allow for-profit firms to run public schools, but New Jersey hasn’t yet tried it.

Christie said Thursday that legislation would be introduced next week to allow the changes on a pilot basis. At first, no more than five schools would be involved.

WCBS 880’s Levon Putney With Union Reaction

Christie is promoting several measures to give students in underperforming schools options to go elsewhere.

Christie has previously taken the public education system to task, arguing change is needed both at schools and with teacher unions.

Do you think public schools should be privatized? Is this a move you think is overdue or a step in the wrong direction? Sound off in our comments section.

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  • F. E. Cheslik, Ph.D.

    The quality of public schools will not be solved by adding a new criteria (BURDEN) of providing a profit for a commercial company or corporation, The money for the profit will come from the teacher’s salaries and benefits and the short changing of services for the students. The theory of more for less from the men and women who do the rel work of educating the children while filling the pockets of high paid administrators who rarely leave their offices and have little knowledge of what the conditions are like in the schools that they manage. The failure of the two largest school districts in the state of New Jersey is not an indicator that the majority of public schools in the state are failing. What is amazing is that his new appointee’s salary is above the cap imposed upon the administrative salaries for superintendents. If you want to improve the schools get Christie out of the matrix.

    • richard Allen

      HUH You are LYING about your PH Phooy D.

      You never answered my question…….

  • richard Allen

    Hmmm scared to reply…………..what.. it’s TOO HONEST for a reporter to ask him?

  • richard Allen

    It Doesn’t Matter……
    The ONLY real difference between a top notch school and a failing school is………..

    The top notch school demand you learn how to read, write and speak ENGLISH

    NOTHING else makes a difference…..period!

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