“All government, indeed every human benefit and enjoyment, every virtue, and every prudent act, is founded on compromise and barter”-Edmond Burke
Lawmakers and education advocates came to a remarkable compromise in forging an overhaul of tenure laws to make it easier for public schools to oust ineffective educators. But building a consensus meant dropping a change that most other states have already made: Making teachers’ effectiveness a factor in determining which lose their jobs in case of layoffs.
GOP Gov. Chris Christie, who opposes using seniority to determine layoffs, is still deciding whether he’s willing to accept the compromise.
If he vetoes the bill, he’ll undo a deal among a unanimous Legislature and groups who don’t often agree on the details of improving schools.
If he signs it, he’ll have to sacrifice — for now, at least — something that’s been a core principle in his beliefs about school reform and leave New Jersey as one of only 11 states with a last-in, first-out policy for educators in the face of layoffs.
Senate Bil S1455 SCS
SENATE COMMITTEE SUBSTITUTE FOR SENATE, No. 1455. STATE OF NEW JERSEY 215th LEGISLATURE ADOPTED JUNE 18, 2012
In my humble opinion, Governor Bluto will absolutely, positively sign this compromise piece of landmark legislation. However, between now and the moment Governor Christie puts a pen to paper, our bombastic gov will formulate a spin to explain to his national fan base how compromising on “last in first out” is in keeping with his principles. If the gov signs this bill, NJ will still be only one of 11 states to embrace this ideal.
This bill is a major leap forward for NJ in the world of a merit based system for granting teacher tenure, and the removal of bad teachers.
UPDATE (August 9, 2012):
Teacher tenure bill signed into law by Gov. Christie on Monday, August 6, 2012.