Wednesday, June 27, 2012
Teacher Tenure Reform in New Jersey- Unanimous Bipartisan Support AND Union Buy-in
In what is sure to amount to historic legislation, New Jersey recently passed teacher tenure reform for its public school teachers. What is noteworthy is that the voting clearly indicated that the New Jersey Education Association and the state’s legislature are in FULL (read unanimous) agreement on tenure reform in education, a key issue holding high priority across the nation.
Barbara Keshishian, President of the NJEA, applauded the New Jersey Assembly’s passage of tenure reform legislation on June 25, 2012. The 79-0 vote, following on the heels of last week’s 40-0 vote in the New Jersey Senate, was the culmination of many contentious months of meetings and discussions involving legislators and education stakeholders from across the state. Action on the tenure reform legislation now heads to the desk of New Jersey Governor Chris Christie for what is sure to be a major accomplishment of the Governor's administration.
The passage of this law in a very union heavy state indicates that historic change is underway in education’s environment, not only in New Jersey, but across the nation. Committed, education stakeholders must work together to build innovative reforms that accelerate 21st century transformations that benefit learning and education’s key focus: the integrity of equity, value, and relevance in educational opportunities and meaningful experiences for all learners.
For information from the New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) please click HERE.
For a very interesting pro/com discussion on teacher tenure, please take a look at this great web site by clicking HERE.
Picture: Hoboken Ferry Terminal, Barclay Street, New York, 1931 (photographer: Berenice Abbott)