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Welcome to Lunch Links on this dreary Friday afternoon.

In case you missed it, Stephanie Simon had a good piece this week over at Politico about how those on the right who seek to dismantle the Common Core standards have a much larger agenda.

Next steps?

Then push to expand school choice by offering parents tax credits or vouchers to help pay tuition at private and religious schools. Next, rally the troops to abolish the U.S. Department of Education. Then it’s on to eliminating teacher tenure.

Looks like North Carolina is falling in line with that plan.

I doubt anyone has missed the news that Chris Christie is “heartbroken” by his senior staff, who contributed to a massive traffic problem as payback for the unsupportive Ft. Lee mayor—and lied to Christie about their dealings.. Or, at least, that’s his story.

But teachers haven’t forgotten that Christie, who told reporters yesterday that he’s not a bully, is, in fact, a bully.

WaPo’s Valerie Strauss reminded everyone of this twitter picture below in which Christie wagged his finger at a teacher who asked him why he continues to spread the word that public schools are failing.

“Because they are. I’m tired of you people,” said Christie.

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Christie’s infamous for underfunding schools, bringing fat cat charter operators into his state, and bullying the teachers’ union.

This is what Christie had to say about those greedy teachers in his state after they rallied against his education policies:

The state teachers union said — they had a rally in Trenton against me. Thirty-five thousand people came from the teachers. You know what that rally was? The “me first” rally. “Pay me my raise first. Pay me my free health benefits first. Pay me my pension first. And everybody else in New Jersey, get to the back of the line.” Well, you know what? I’m not going to sit by and allow that to go unnoticed, so we’ll shine a bright light on it, and we’ll see how the people react. But I think we are seeing how the people of New Jersey are reacting, and that’s how you make it politically palatable in other states in the country. Just shine a bright light on greed and self-interest.

Anyway, I’m not the best person to convince you on Christie’s character and the context in which he operates. And, probably, neither are the teachers. But you know who is? Yeah, of course. It’s Jon. Jon Stewart.

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