Response is trickling in after our scoop last night about Gov. Christie's plan to take over the Camden school district. Colleague Claudia Vargas is reporting that school board members are either luke warm or flat-out opposed to the idea -- or something in between. School Board President Kathryn Blackshear, for example, says she is "disheartened," but will nonetheless stand in support of the takeover: Christie is “going to do it his way...there’s nothing I can do about it."
Opposition from education and community activists is expected to be strong. Those arguments, embodied in this blog post here, are that the state's three other school district takeovers have been failures -- and that the state's motives are racial and economic, not altruistic.
A source close to the takeover deal has provided a list of the political names in support, beginning with school board members Blackshear, Felisha Reyes-Morton and Barbara Coscarello.
The rest of the names provided are part of the South Jersey Democratic crew, which has worked closely and even collaboratively with Republican Christie: State Sen. Donald Norcross, Assemblyman Whip Wilson, Assemblyman Angel Fuentes, Camden County Freeholder Scot McCray, Camden County Freeholder Ian Leonard, Camden Mayor Dana Redd and Camden city council members Frank Moran, Curtis Jenkins, Dana Burley, Deborah Person-Polk and Marilyn Torres.