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(TRENTON) – Assembly Education Chairman Patrick J. Diegnan Jr. (D-Middlesex) released the following statement Monday after Gov. Chris Christie’s Department of Education described test scores that found New Jersey at the top in achievement in reading and math at the fourth- and eighth-grade levels as “irrelevant” and called New Jersey’s education system “wretched:”

“I’m going to get straight to the point here – I am sick and tired of Gov. Chris Christie’s administration disparaging our school children and ignoring their success when it fits their political argument.

“We must celebrate our success and stop politicizing education in New Jersey.

“Everyone knows our system needs improvement to ensure every child gets the quality education they deserve, and smart reforms should always be considered.

“But to dismiss as ‘irrelevant’ test scores that show our children flourishing when compared to the rest of the nation, and to call the system that created that success ‘wretched’ goes well beyond reasonable debate.

“It is an insult to our children, their parents and our teachers, all of whom have made this success possible.

“Ignoring facts that go against your argument is flawed thinking. Fortunately, based on these test scores, our children at least seem to be above it.”

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