Reform is first step in NJ Gov.’s plans to revamp public education

By Angela Delli Santi, Associated Press.

Tenure will be harder for New Jersey teachers to get and easier to lose under a law Gov. Chris Christie signed Monday after deciding he can live with a compromise that keeps seniority as the way to determine which educators lose their jobs in the case of layoffs.

Even as he signed the law — a major one for advocates for improving New Jersey’s public education system — the Republican governor called for doing more.


Seniority is a major bugaboo for Christie and many others interested in improving schools. But neither the NJEA nor the American Federation of Teachers would sign on to New Jersey’s bill if it were eliminated. The unions believe they are sullied by low-performing teachers, and that fighting their dismissals can be too costly for them.


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