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Chris Christie Signs Teacher Tenure Reform Law in New Jersey

Jay413 Wrote: Aug 09, 2012 9:25 AM
I would be very suspicious of anything the teachers union approves. Like they say, the devil is in the details. I'd bet there are very generous appeals processes built in every step of the way. These processes can make it impossible to get a teacher fired even if they seem reasonable on the surface.
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...