Florida Gov. Charlie Crist last Thursday vetoed legislation approved by the Republican-controlled legislature that would have overhauled the state's education system by eliminating the traditional teacher tenure system and linking teacher pay to student performance. The backlash from teachers, students and other concerned citizens was unprecedented: Crist's office received thousands of e-mails and phone calls in opposition to the bill and protests sprung up across the state. Politics, some have speculated, influenced the governor's decision. Crist, a moderate Republican, is facing a tough Senate primary, and the veto could help him position himself for a possible run as an independent in November.
Did Crist make the right decision? Why or why not? What are the national implications?