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Gov. Christie: Obama ‘deserves credit’ for education policies – The Hill’s Video

March 3, 2012

Gov. Christie: Obama ‘deserves credit’ for education policies – The Hill’s Video.

If there was ever a reason that you know the education policies of President Obama are not aligned with the interests of those who are actually educating our students (the nation’s teachers) all you have to do is listen to NJ Governor Chris Christie.  If Obama is getting kudos from Christie, we are in trouble as teachers, and that is what is happening here.

Christie in this video goes about lauding Arne Duncan as basically being wonderful, he even states that the President lets Arne Duncan be a “freelancer” meaning, he lets Duncan run the Education Secretary post without oversight.  Now we know why Obama says one thing in his speeches about “not teaching to the test” and how we need to give teachers the respect they deserve, but his actions are disconnected to his rhetoric and this video finally explains why.

Look, I get it.  Obama is running a country which is in tough economic times right now as well as in a world full of people who are hostile to us, but appointing Duncan was a MAJOR mistake and teachers all across our country are paying for it daily.

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) reached across the aisle Friday and gave credit to the Obama administration for its work on education, calling U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan a “breath of fresh air.” 

“I have a lot of agreement with the president and Arne Duncan on these education issues, and I’ve said it publicly many times,” said Christie on MSNBC‘s “Morning Joe” Friday, during a special on education at a high school in New Jersey. 

Christie told MSNBC that there is “no question” he views Duncan as a federal partner on education reform. 

“I think Secretary Duncan has been an enormous breath of fresh air in the education system. He says it like it is. I don’t agree with every single thing, nor does he agree with me on every single thing, but we found enormous common ground to work with,” Christie said. 

Christie, who endorsed GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney last October, said Obama “deserves credit” for federal-level education reforms and for appointing Duncan. 

“Certainly, Arne’s not out there freelancing, so the president allows him to do the things he’s doing,” he said. 

The New Jersey governor, known for his brash style of politics, said he doesn’t believe education is a partisan issue and emphasized the need to work across party lines to reform the system. 

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