In New Jersey, thousands of students languish on waiting lists for charter schools, desperate but unable to leave failing public schools.
The main reason? Teachers unions, which have spent of millions of dollars attacking charter schools—and those who support them. Governor Chris Christie recently admitted as much, insisting that union bosses are keeping students trapped in “failure factories” by vilifying politicians who back school choice. Gov. Christie himself was the target of more than $10 million in attack ads during his 2012 reelection campaign. Hear his story here: