NJEA president Wendell Steinhauer energized a large crowd of pro-public education demonstrators gathered at the Statehouse today to protest the One Newark plan and other attacks on public education.
Telling the crowd that there’s a lot that “doesn’t add up” these days, he called out Gov. Christie for his failure to fund education, his disregard for the concerns of parents and his frequent attacks on teachers and public schools.
But, he said, just because the governor won’t listen "doesn’t mean we don’t matter. It doesn’t mean we don’t have a voice. Because New Jersey’s public schools belong to us!”
He vowed NJEA’s support for efforts to take back local control of districts that are being mismanaged by the state, and to prevent the wholesale dismantling of large urban districts, including Newark and Camden.
The crowd responded enthusiastically, chanting “Public schools are OUR schools!” and cheering his call for communities to step up and take back control of their local schools.
Watch Wendell’s entire speech below.