Shills Mislead; Media Follow

At lest on New Jersey public television you get an acknowledgement (if not a full “OK here comes the propaganda”):

But when a think-tank getting similar NJEA money puts out worse propaganda it gets accepted by other media outlets that choose to disseminate it as factual. That is the case with New Jersey Policy Perspective (NJPP) which put out several reports arguing that New Jersey’s teacher pensions are “modest” and that the pension reform proposals supported by Steve Sweeney, Chris Christie, and other politicians are inappropriate because NJ’s teacher pensions are already among the “least-generous” in the United States.

A New Jersey Education Aid post calls out the NJPP reports as highly misleading because pensions are just one part of a big enchilada of benefits and privileges that retired teachers get, noting:

  • NJ teachers get Social Security, not all teachers do.
  • Pensions are a lower percentage of salaries than in most other states but NJ salaries are higher.
  • NJ teachers get post-retirement healthcare; not all retired teachers do.
  • NJ teacher pensions are untaxed.

On another front:

With the amount of money spent per pupil being a major factor in the Education Week rankings #1 New Jersey ($18,402 in 2016) starts off with a big lead over #51 New Mexico ($9,693 in 2016) if you measure quality monetarily.


U.S. C 75.9 C+ 79.2 C 75.6 C 72.8
Alabama D+ 69.3 C 73.8 C- 70.2 D 64.0
Alaska C 72.6 C 73.5 B 82.9 D- 61.4
Arizona C- 70.2 C 73.5 D 64.5 C 72.6
Arkansas C- 71.6 C 73.6 C 73.5 D+ 67.6
California C 75.3 C 76.4 C+ 76.9 C- 72.5
Colorado C 75.0 B 84.0 D+ 67.5 C 73.6
Connecticut B 84.1 B+ 88.0 B+ 88.2 C 76.0
Delaware C 76.3 C+ 77.8 B 83.5 D+ 67.5
District of Columbia C+ 77.8 B 85.7 NA NA C- 69.9
Florida C 75.1 C+ 77.6 D+ 68.1 B- 79.6
Georgia C 73.3 C+ 77.4 C- 70.2 C- 72.3
Hawaii C 75.3 C+ 78.7 NA NA C- 71.9
Idaho C- 70.6 C 76.1 D- 62.3 C 73.4
Illinois B- 80.0 B- 81.9 B- 82.1 C 76.0
Indiana C 74.0 C+ 78.8 C- 69.9 C 73.4
Iowa C 74.8 B 83.2 C 74.5 D+ 66.6
Kansas C 73.3 B- 81.0 C- 72.4 D 66.5
Kentucky C 72.6 C 76.1 C- 71.1 C- 70.5
Louisiana C- 69.9 C- 71.4 C 73.9 D 64.4
Maine C+ 78.8 B- 81.9 B 84.4 C- 70.2
Maryland B- 82.4 B 84.5 B+ 86.9 C 75.8
Massachusetts B+ 86.7 A- 91.3 B 84.0 B 85.0
Michigan C 73.0 C+ 78.0 C- 72.1 D+ 68.9
Minnesota B- 80.1 B+ 87.5 C+ 78.5 C 74.3
Mississippi C- 70.5 C 73.9 D+ 68.4 D+ 69.3
Missouri C 72.7 C+ 79.4 C- 71.3 D+ 67.3
Montana C 73.4 C+ 79.0 C- 72.4 D+ 68.7
Nebraska C 76.1 B 83.4 C 74.3 C- 70.8
Nevada D+ 68.6 C- 69.9 D 62.6 C 73.2
New Hampshire B- 80.2 B+ 87.1 B- 81.2 C- 72.2
New Jersey B+ 87.3 B+ 89.1 A- 89.8 B 83.0
New Mexico D+ 66.5 D+ 67.2 C- 70.8 D- 61.7
New York B- 81.4 B- 82.2 B+ 89.3 C 72.6
North Carolina C 73.1 C+ 79.1 D+ 66.6 C 73.5
North Dakota C+ 79.0 B 84.8 B 83.2 D+ 69.1
Ohio C 75.7 B- 79.7 C 75.9 C- 71.5
Oklahoma D+ 68.2 C 73.0 D 65.8 D 65.6
Oregon C 73.0 C+ 77.9 C 74.2 D+ 67.0
Pennsylvania B- 81.5 B 82.9 B 86.4 C 75.2
Rhode Island B- 79.6 B- 79.8 B+ 88.4 C- 70.7
South Carolina C- 71.6 C 76.2 C- 72.4 D 66.1
South Dakota C 74.2 B- 82.3 D+ 69.4 C- 70.8
Tennessee C- 72.4 C 75.6 D+ 67.6 C 74.1
Texas C- 71.1 C 74.5 D+ 68.3 C- 70.4
Utah C 74.4 B 84.3 D 64.4 C 74.4
Vermont B- 81.9 B+ 87.7 B 86.1 C- 71.8
Virginia B- 79.9 B 85.5 C+ 77.7 C 76.4
Washington C+ 77.6 B- 81.5 C+ 77.3 C 74.0
West Virginia C- 70.6 C- 70.9 C 76.1 D 64.8
Wisconsin C+ 79.2 B 84.4 C+ 77.8 C 75.4
Wyoming B- 82.3 B- 81.9 A- 92.4 C- 72.4


19 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by MJF on September 5, 2020 at 7:31 pm

    And how did W get into Yale? Money equals brains right.


  2. TL. Trump wants to cut off funding to schools that teach the 1619 Project. Thoughts?


    • Posted by Tough Love on September 6, 2020 at 1:01 pm

      As usual, he doesn’t make decisions bested on their merits, but chooses actions based ONLY on what he perceives will help him get reelected.


    • Posted by Tough Love on September 6, 2020 at 1:26 pm

      As a more direct answer to your question, Until a few months ago, I had never heard of the massacre of Blacks in the wealthy Greenwood district of Tulsa Oklahoma. I was a pretty good student and the fact that it was never part of our social studies/history curriculum was very surprising. The 1619 Project will assuredly make sure such omissions end.


      • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! 🐶🐶🐶🦴🦴🦴 on September 6, 2020 at 8:10 pm

        Until a few months ago, I had never heard of the massacre of Blacks in the wealthy Greenwood district of Tulsa Oklahoma.
        Then you lived in an underground bunker because that is widely well known. Shit the HBO series Watchman is centered around it …


  3. Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! 🐶🐶🐶🦴🦴🦴 on September 6, 2020 at 12:20 pm

    NJ teacher pensions are untaxed.
    This is a new one. Have NEVER heard of pension benefits being untaxed, outside of disability pensions, which are discounted/reduced.


    • Posted by Tough Love on September 6, 2020 at 1:05 pm

      That’s an exclusion from NJ state income tax, not federal.

      FYI, NJ excludes SS payments and pensions/401K payments from NIT for everyone whose family income is less than $100K. Public Sector workers should be subject to the SAME rules (wrt such exclusions) as everyone else.


      • We are.


        • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! 🐶🐶🐶🦴🦴🦴 on September 6, 2020 at 8:12 pm

          We are.
          Do you pay NJ state income taxes on pensions in excess of $100K (Which should be a CRIME- A felony) ??


          • Yes. If over $100,000 public or private we pay state tax on every penny. You say felony. I say, hooray for me.

          • Posted by Rex the Wonder Dog! 🐶🐶🐶🦴🦴🦴 on September 7, 2020 at 1:38 pm

            You say felony. I say, hooray for me.
            Fraud= Felony

            Fact is LEO, anywhere, only requires a GED. Then on the job training for 3-6 months at Academy, then 12-24 months field training. ALL TRAINING PAID FOR. $200K/year, top 3% in compensation, and can go to top 1% with overtime. That is flat out fraud. Shoe me a doctor, dentist or lawyer where the muni pays the cost of schooling and training. Not out there. ALL of them make less, starting, than the GED cop/LEO. There are Firewhiners here in CA that make over $500K, $600K, even over $650K/year with overtime. That is fraud on steroids. Virtually all of the CA “port pilots” make over $300K/year for their unskilled-semi-skilled job, GED job. Just like the Firewhiners and cops. 2/3 make over $400K, and many make over $500K and even $600K. For s semi-skilled GED job. Fraud. Graft. Felons. Whatever you want to call their criminal acts …

  4. Posted by geo8rge on September 7, 2020 at 8:27 pm

    Nature(IQ) vs Nurture($)

    NJ is #12 in IQ so you would expect NJ kiddies to be high on the academic achievement list. The problem is I am not finding many big achievements from New Jerseyans to justify the NJEA bragging. K-12 is not the same as achieving something. High Tech NJ like Bell Labs has withered.

    We Compared the Average IQ Scores in All 50 States, and the Results Are Eye-OpeningYes, the IQ test is controversial, but it’s one of the few consistent metrics we have. Here’s how the states compare.


  5. […] BuryPensions blog tells it like it is.  Based on some excellent new research by New Jersey Education Aid entitled […]


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