I believe that high quality public schools are the best investment we can make for our future. Indeed, they are the bedrock of our society and must be protected and perfected at all cost. A solid education insures that our children will become productive members of society, our well educated workforce is one of the primary reasons employers choose to locate in New Jersey. I believe that teachers are today's heroes, working many overtime hours without extra compensation, and spending their own money for the benefit of their students. By a wide margin, teachers are the ones mentioned most frequently when asked the question, "Who has inspired you?"
I believe teachers and the organizations representing them have a right to be treated respectfully by the legislature and that school districts have an absolute obligation to negotiate with them in a fiscally responsible manner.