Governor Christie Unveils Education Reform Package

At a townhall meeting in Old Bridge, Governor Christie unveiled his plans for reforming the education system in New Jersey by, among other items, changing the tenure system for public school teachers. His entire presentation is available in a series of videos on YouTube. And his office has provided a press release summarizing his views;  his reform agenda for education can also be perused. He has also signed Executive Order 42 establishing the New Jersey Educator Effectiveness Task Force to be comprised of nine members who are to investigate “…how best to measure the effectiveness of teachers and school  leaders, based on defined parameters.” NJEA offers a dissenting view along with links to studies supporting its stance. As of this writing, the NJSBA has not posted its reaction to its website, but comments embedded in the news articles below give us some indication of its opinion. Additional news can be found at: NJ Spotlight, New York Times, Bloomberg, Asbury Park Press, Star-Ledger, Bergen Record, statehousesteps, and PolitickerNJ.

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