By John Mooney

Political realities meant backing off on teacher evaluations and Newark’s state-appointed superintendent

As 2014 nears a close, it may be remembered as the first year that Gov. Chris Christie’s education reform agenda ran headlong into political realities, and the governor was forced to back off a bit on some of the key pieces of his plan.

The most notable instance of Christie losing ground can be seen in some of the toughest aspects of state’s fledgling teacher evaluation system, specifically the use of student test results to gauge the performance of certain teachers.

Elsewhere, Christie for the first time acknowledged things were not going quite as planned in Newark, his reform centerpiece, when he only gave tepid backing to embattled Newark superintendent Cami Anderson.


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