N.J. teachers layoffs must be based on seniority, not performance, judge rules

By Karen Yi, NJ Advance Media for NJ.com

TRENTON — A group of Newark parents has lost a legal battle to overhaul the way public school teachers in the state are laid-off — dealing another blow to education reform groups that have tried to dismantle similar protections across the country.

In New Jersey, school districts must lay off teachers based on seniority, regardless of performance in the classroom.…

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AFTNJ Endorses Phil Murphy

The American Federation of Teachers New Jersey, today endorsed Ambassador Phil Murphy for Governor of New Jersey.

AFT New Jersey represents more than 30,000 educators from pre-kindergarten through higher education. Ambassador Murphy is committed to “getting education right” by developing and cultivating policies that will support students and educators, not obstruct and punish, according to AFT New Jersey president Donna M.…

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