This may be a very expedient move from the union leadership but I believe it is a betrayal of the membership, the taxpayers, and above all, the students.
Because the only option to fix education where it is failing in New Jersey is to persevere and going straight to the core of the causes of that failure. There is no substitute for hard work. The private schools, under less scrutiny than the public schools, will either skim the best students or lower standards to show better statistics.
One of the few strong points a union has in America today is when it grabs the moral high ground. The NJEA just gave up that advantage here. It can no longer claim that it defends universal public education.