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Chris Christie Signs Teacher Tenure Reform Law in New Jersey

Jay413 Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 9:18 AM
You make some good points, but if the system were changed to give the teacher more authority along with the added responsibility, then it might work. One of the things I think we could do is improve the discipline in the classroom. To do that, disruptive students need to be removed from normal classrooms and be given some sort of "special" treatment. The teachers should be given other tools to improve discipline as well. There must be some way to do this fairly.
Chris Christie signed into law this week a reform to New Jersey’s 103-year-old teacher tenure law. The reform is bipartisan in nature, with multiple Democratic sponsors in the New Jersey’s legislature and the support of the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA). The law, as pointed out by Teresa Shumay of the Heritage Foundation, is a step in the right direction .

The bill requires all teachers to undergo yearly evaluations based primarily on student performance, and any teacher who receives two consecutive negative evaluations can lose tenure. Lawmakers hope that these evaluations and consequences will not...