Donna Chiera is one of nine people chosen by Gov. Chris Christie to serve on a task force that will revamp how New Jersey teachers are recruited, hired, compensated and fired. Christie has been in a heated showdown with the New Jersey Education Association, the state’s largest teachers union, over ideas such as merit pay and tenure reform.
The governor excluded the NJEA from his task force, but included Chiera, an executive of the American Federation of Teachers, the union that represents teachers in Newark. She spoke with editorial writer Julie O’Connor about teacher evaluations.