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Education Issues Will Help Shape Christie's Second Term -- and Political Future

After four years of political drama involving school reform and education policy in New Jersey, could Gov. Chris Christie's second term be even more eventful?

Education Issues Will Help Shape Christie's Second Term -- and Political Future

After four years of political drama involving school reform and education policy in New Jersey, could Gov. Chris Christie’s second term be even more eventful?

Three major speeches by the governor over the next two months are sure to highlight education.

In the meantime, many observers are already speculating about Christie’s unfinished education-related business as he begins his next term – and possibly embarks on a run for a certain higher office.

“Education is always an important political issue, because it involves two things everyone cares about: kids and money,” said Ben Dworkin, director of the Rebovich Institute of New Jersey Politics at Rider University.

“Even in a second term after a first term that saw some significant accomplishments, Chris Christie will still prioritize it,” Dworkin predicted. ”There are still schools that don’t do well, still issues in fully funding the state’s school funding law, and challenges around charter schools and vouchers.

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