Gov. Chris Christie signed a bipartisan tenure reform bill today, updating the oldest tenure law in the nation. The new legislation offers tools to identify effective and ineffective teachers, strengthen the supports available to help all teachers improve their craft, and, for the first time, tie the acquisition, maintenance, and loss of tenure to a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom.
“This is a historic day for New Jersey and this new tenure law is an important step towards ensuring we have a great teacher in every classroom,” said Christie. “After more than 100 years in existence, this Administration, Legislature and key reformers have done together what many considered to be impossible…. We are taking a huge leap forward in providing a quality education and real opportunity to every student in New Jersey. But our work to develop laws that put students first is not done. Now is the time to build on this record of cooperation and results to put in place further reforms focused on our students by ending the flawed practice of Last In, First Out and supporting both differentiated pay and banning forced placements of teachers.”
“Tenure reform represents one of the most significant and landmark pieces of legislation this Legislature has acted upon,” said Senate President Steve Sweeney (D-Gloucester). “Working in a bipartisan fashion and thanks largely to the guidance, dedication, and leadership of Senator Ruiz, we are overhauling an outdated law that brings reform to our educational system and protects the educational future of our students.”