Video: Christie goes after tenure

posted at 12:15 pm on January 14, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Whatever else anyone thinks of Chris Christie, one cannot accuse him of backing away from a fight. In his effort to restore excellence to public education, Christie wants to eliminate tenure for teachers, proposing instead five-year contracts with performance reviews determining whether an instructor gets an offer of renewal. New Jersey cannot ensure quality instruction, Christie argues, when teachers get jobs “for life” after the first three years they spend with a school, and the only way to ensure excellence is to enforce accountability for performance:


The teachers union rep claims that teachers earn this lifetime protection with the first three years of their performance, but that’s ridiculous. In no other industry do workers lay claim to entitlement of employment by performing well only over the first three years. In fact, even with civil service protections, not even other public-sector workers get that kind of protection. Merely reducing the time for dismissal hearings involving tenured teachers won’t solve the problem, either, as the union suggests.

If teachers want to keep tenure at public schools, then those states should create voucher systems for parents to enforce accountability through their feet. One way or another, our children deserve effective and accountable education, and the vast majority of teachers who perform their jobs well deserve to have their own performance validated on its own rather than having to join the incompetent behind the skirts of tenure. Five-year contracts are more than sufficient to protect teachers while giving their employers a chance to evaluate whether continued employment is warranted.


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For heaven’s sake with all the anti-Christie posts here, it’s a wonder Republicans ever get anything done. Do I agree with all of Christie’s positions? No … especially his views on gun control. Do I like how he’s standing up to the unions? YES!! Was he a better choice than Corzine? YES!! Would I rather see a Christie as POTUS rather than Obama? YES!! Quit ragging on Christie and realize he’s governor of New Jersey, not Texas, and for New Jersey, he’s doing a pretty good job.

…As for the next election, that’s a fight for next year.

JSGreg3 on January 14, 2011 at 1:38 PM

1) Unions (and businesses and individuals) should be barred from contributing to anyone that negotiates or supervises those that they do business with. (Teacher’s Union could contribute to a judge, but not a school board member. And the judge would recuse himself if he accepted a contribution and is hearing a case on a teacher or union or school board.)

2) Unions should be barred from spending any money on politics without a vote of the members.

3) Unions without fully funded pensions and other defined benefits for their members should be barred from any lobbying or political contributions.

barnone on January 14, 2011 at 1:37 PM

Simpler.

No more public sector unions.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Simpler.

No more public sector unions.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:40 PM

Although I agree, try getting that proposal through a Democratic Senate and past a Democratic president. Not impossible, but pretty darned close.

JSGreg3 on January 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Question: If you want to affect change in the system at an executive level in the government, do you follow what Christie is doing or what Palin is doing?

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Seems there are a few people reading into things in other’s comments.

My comment never mentioned Palin. Your obsession with her is unnerving.

My comment was in regards to how Christie seems to only focus on a single issue when it comes to how public sector unions are destroying budgets. Yes, education is important. But what about the other public sector unions that need to be brought down?

His singular focus on the teacher’s union is coming across to me as some type of personal grudge.

To answer your question about Palin (which I shouldn’t since you’re a twit who sees everything with Palin glasses on) I support what BOTH of them are doing. They are each doing something I agree with.

Christie needs to expand his union busting ways.

Is it really that difficult of a concept to think anyone can make a post without the word Palin in it and it not have anything to do with Palin?

I’m starting to think the anti-Palinistas are worse than the Palinistas when it comes to reading into things.

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Although I agree, try getting that proposal through a Democratic Senate and past a Democratic president. Not impossible, but pretty darned close.

JSGreg3 on January 14, 2011 at 1:43 PM

Then put it on the action item list for beyond 2012.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

It looks more to me like the Palin bashers are out today. I like people who focus and get things done.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 1:33 PM

Really? Take a look at the third post in this thread about Chris Christie and who took it off topic by throwing Palin into the fray?

Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

not bad, but too scripted. try again

james23 on January 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Wow, the horrible RINO Christie is doing more to advance a conservative agenda than all the various real conservative heroes.
But hey, it would be MUCH better if he would throw around a bunch of red meat on a dozen topics to distract from his main goal.
Clark1 on January 14, 2011 at 12:27 PM

This.

I mean, who CARES that he’s taking on a lot of the liberal sacred cows that “true conservatives” have wanted to eliminate for years (oops, is “eliminate” too inflammatory). He said nice things about an Obama speech that was WIDELY applauded! He voiced concerns about Palin’s electability that MANY (or most, depending upon the poll) share! Truly, he’s just a dirty RINO who should be ignored. Even as he strong-arms liberal New Jersey into advancing the conservative fiscal cause.

Vyce on January 14, 2011 at 1:47 PM

Christie needs to expand his union busting ways.

So this isn’t enough union busting, even though this is A) the most powerful union in NJ, B) the one that keeps Democrats in power, C) the one that has bankrupted the state and will continue to do so, and D) the one that continues to brainwash an entire generation of kids.

Why should he take his eye off the ball?

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

not bad, but too scripted. try again

james23 on January 14, 2011 at 1:46 PM

Don’t worry – I’m sure he’ll post a Facebook message about it and then it will become brilliant by definition.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM

So this isn’t enough union busting, even though this is A) the most powerful union in NJ, B) the one that keeps Democrats in power, C) the one that has bankrupted the state and will continue to do so, and D) the one that continues to brainwash an entire generation of kids.

Why should he take his eye off the ball?

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:48 PM

Are you saying he’s not competent enough to handle more than one thing at a time?

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Christie is a smart one. So many have fallen, from Republicans to Democrats, when it came to tackling the Teachers Union but Christie is picking his battles wisely.

He is winning the rhetorical war, the cries of “think of the children! think of our schools!” won’t work against him because he is essentialy flipping the argument back in the face of the union. Who can argue against teacher accountability? Who can argue with making teachers have the same checks and balances as other employees in other sectors? Christie might actually win this one, and it would be huge.

he tackled the pension issue cleverly as well, he turned it into a private vs public argument, asked for a minor cut in benefits he knew the union would deny outright, and he walked away the victor in the end. I’m sure he has plans to revisit cutting the bloated benefits of public sector workers and teachers, but he will most likely wait until he sees results from his first cut so he can point to previous success to get yet more cuts. He is playing this very well so far, bit by bit, piece by piece.

Daemonocracy on January 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Christie needs to expand his union busting ways.

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

He has been, since he took office then shortly after submitted a four-bill package of pension-and-benefits changes to the legislature.

The NJEA has just been the loudest complainers.

Rod on January 14, 2011 at 1:57 PM

Are you saying he’s not competent enough to handle more than one thing at a time?

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

Did I type that somewhere?

Or did I suggest to you that getting even ONE union reformed – the biggest and most crippling one – is an achievement in a blue state. And he’s doing this while lowering their unemployment rate and reigning in their spending.

But he should stop doing what’s working and go more scattershot in his approach, picking fights with every single union in the state at the same time (even though they’re all on notice that one of them will be next, and they’ll be begin to act accordingly, and even thought eduction reform was a central plank in Christie’s campaign).

Because any approach less than that is ‘incompetence.’

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

Your username is very apropos Knucklehead. Just because one person wants to act like an unhinged baby then it is ok for everyone else to do it too? I thought that kind of behavior was liberal territory. Let’s just cut the crap and stick to the topic or better yet support conservatives when they do something right instead of comparing them to each other.

ReneePA on January 14, 2011 at 1:58 PM

stop hiring education majors… people who pick a college major based on having summers off creates an adverse selection process for those who are supposed to push our children to excellence…

phreshone on January 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

re phreshone:

thats an issue in its own right. The amount of degrees that are only applicable for public funding astounds me…esp. the “social justice” and “urban engineering” ones…

unrealcitizen on January 14, 2011 at 2:02 PM

A conservative who still managed to win in a blue state. And remains pretty popular. Yeah, you’re right. He’s seems really unelectable to me.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 12:31 PM

Do you live in NJ ?? There was a real conservative also in the race, with considerable support, but polling in third. The people (myself included), realizing that by splitting the vote would mean that the absolute scum Corzine would get re-elected, threw their votes to Christie, who ran as a moderate. The vote in New Jersey was about “anybody but Corslime”.

He’s not as popular as y’all think he is in NJ, and if it was a race between Obama and Christie for President, NJ would pick Obama.

Jerome Horwitz on January 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

If the Teacher’s Union balks on this, then Christie should start issuing educational vouchers. Give parents a choice. Within 6 months there woulnd’t be many pubic schools still operating.

GarandFan on January 14, 2011 at 2:10 PM

There was a real conservative also in the race, with considerable support, but polling in third. The people (myself included), realizing that by splitting the vote would mean that the absolute scum Corzine would get re-elected, threw their votes to Christie, who ran as a moderate. The vote in New Jersey was about “anybody but Corslime”.

Steve Lonegan can’t win in NJ, hoss. I’m sorry, but that’s a political reality. Christie is light years better than Corzine.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 2:14 PM

That’s exactly what I said, he could not win, but in this deep blue state he had considerable support (meaning, once again, poeple were so sick and tired, it was anybody but Corzine), and if there was no Christie anywhere near this race (meaning only two viable candidates), he probably would have pulled it out, as the contrast would have been clearer ……..nobody, and I mean nobody wanted Corzine back.

Jerome Horwitz on January 14, 2011 at 2:21 PM

he probably would have pulled it out

Um, no. Steve Lonegan is a perennial also-ran there. He will win the “true conservatives,” who are a very small voting minority in NJ.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:49 PM

hey, its a great country

james23 on January 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM

hey, its a great country

james23 on January 14, 2011 at 2:33 PM

I agree!

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 2:34 PM

Do you live in NJ ?? There was a real conservative also in the race, with considerable support, but polling in third. The people (myself included), realizing that by splitting the vote would mean that the absolute scum Corzine would get re-elected, threw their votes to Christie, who ran as a moderate. The vote in New Jersey was about “anybody but Corslime”.

He’s not as popular as y’all think he is in NJ, and if it was a race between Obama and Christie for President, NJ would pick Obama.

Jerome Horwitz on January 14, 2011 at 2:09 PM

Actually I do live in NJ. I even have a brother who is a school teacher in NJ and I am still very impressed by Christie. The conservative you’re talking about is Steve Lonegan and he had absolutely zero chance of winning. Corzine would have smoked him. So Christie was the only viable conservative option. On top of that, Christie has actually tacked to the right since getting elected.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 2:53 PM

Um, no. Steve Lonegan is a perennial also-ran there. He will win the “true conservatives,” who are a very small voting minority in NJ.

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 2:32 PM

Lonegan would only win the people who are short-sighted and not very bright. Voting for Lonegan would have basically been like voting for Corzine…because Lonegan is NOT even remotely electable when it comes to statewide races in NJ.

keepinitreal on January 14, 2011 at 2:56 PM

I know the arguments for professors having a tenure system (I’m not sure I agree with them, but at least I understand them – they’re based on the independent scholarship that professors do), but I cannot fathom the rationale for school teachers to get tenure. They don’t produce new knowledge or do research. There’s no basis for it.

Y-not on January 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

The same could be said for private industry, politics and who you know make that world go around too. Tick the right guy/gal off and you’re in the mailroom for eternity. Why are teachers the only ones with this protection?
ExPat on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Becuase the mailroom clerk doesn’t spend years in college and post grad as well as certifications to be able to teach. On top of that, the mailroom job isn’t chosen by local politicians.

All you have to do is spend a few months in Jersey politics to know why tenure is needed. That being said, there is no need for many of the protections built in, like the long wait for hearings of a teacher who breaks the law or conduct code.

Vincenzo on January 14, 2011 at 3:12 PM

So we need to unions to funnel money to corrupt Democrats in order to save the union members from the corrupt Democrats. Dude, that makes zero sense.

angryed on January 14, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Tenure does not mean you need to funnel money to anyone. Its standards built in to contracts and state law.

It makes total sense that teachers afford protection from politicians after 3 years on the job.

There is nothing wrong with tying merit to that, but teachers need protection from school board hacks.

Perfect example: let’s say a teacher chooses to review with their social studies class the voter fraud that went on during the 2008 election. If a democrat school board gets pissed off, they’ll just replace the teacher.

Vincenzo on January 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

The simple solution is to get rid of public schools and go to a tuition voucher system. Let private schools compete for the vouchers. We’ll get good, accountable schools and good, accountable teachers or they will be out of business.

And outside of the vouchers, the government should have no say in what kind of school parents send their children to.

woodNfish on January 14, 2011 at 3:18 PM

A set up with a 5 year contract, and review that leads to another 5 year deal if the teacher passes the review (such review having some relatively solid standards to give a degree appropriate predicability/reviewability) would be a very reasonable scenario for grade school and high school.

Many school set ups have periodic reviews now – it simply doesn’t real world translate into meaningful numbers of tenure revocations.

krome on January 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM

Perfect example: let’s say a teacher chooses to review with their social studies class the voter fraud that went on during the 2008 election. If a democrat school board gets pissed off, they’ll just replace the teacher.

Vincenzo on January 14, 2011 at 3:15 PM

That’s why you tir teacher retention to student performance and testing.

Vince on January 14, 2011 at 3:24 PM


stop hiring education majors… people who pick a college major based on having summers off creates an adverse selection process for those who are supposed to push our children to excellence…

phreshone on January 14, 2011 at 1:59 PM

When people make broad statements that defame an entire group of people without any research data to back it up they might as well say something like, “right wing rhetoric caused the Tucson shooting.”
As a teacher I support everything Governor Christie is doing and I’m not alone in that thinking. The teacher’s unions exist to protect and perpetuate incompetence. That’s why I dropped out of the NEA over 25 years ago. I got tired of my dues going to support liberal political causes.
And by the way, if your children are not being pushed for excellence, then send them to my school where excellence is not only expected, it is required. Yes, it’s a private school and I only make about 1/2 of what my public school colleagues make but that’s OK. At least I can go home everyday with the knowledge that I didn’t try to rape the taxpayer. Oh, by the way, I didn’t select my profession so that I could get laid off for 2 1/2 months each summer.

sdd on January 14, 2011 at 3:30 PM

It makes total sense that teachers afford protection from politicians after 3 years on the job.

Why? I don’t understand what is unique about standing in a classroom teaching students that necessitates “job for life” protections that the rest of us don’t have.

Y-not on January 14, 2011 at 3:54 PM

Theophile on January 14, 2011 at 12:47 PM

That’s not correct. The First Amendment’s right to peaceable assembly does not include the right to bargain collectively or to take collective job actions (strike). That took the Wagner Act, in 1935. Union-management relations are statutory in nature and can be modified statutorily.

Barnestormer on January 14, 2011 at 4:32 PM

Nobody impresses you except Palin. That’s right We get it, quit trashing someone who’s at least trying and has a position to do it.
Knucklehead on January 14, 2011 at 1:21 PM make me knucklehead!

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 4:41 PM

Palinbots

You Betcha! are out in full force today.
Conservative Samizdat on January 14, 2011 at 1:26 PM

Well I least I’m supportive of a fighter unlike your gutless wonder Romney!

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

Its about damn time. No other industry except Education expects ‘tenure’ do they?

This goes for K-12 as well as Colleges.

Does any other industry do this? Doctors? Lawyers? Programmers?

It makes total sense that teachers afford protection from politicians after 3 years on the job.

Why? I don’t have that protection. Why should teachers get special protection?

CrazyFool on January 14, 2011 at 4:59 PM

No, other professions don’t have such protections, but they aren’t concerned about academic freedom, either. Both the Socialists and the Conservatives have been moving to homogenize and control curricula, for different ideological reasons to be sure, for quite some time. The intent of tenure is that its harder to muzzle what is taught because of politics and what makes bureaucrats more comfortable. Like the Second Amendment, folks are meant to be trusted and just because a few abuse things, doesn’t mean all should suffer.

Both sides make the poor assumption that if education were run the way they’d want it to be run, then it would be perfect and only the teachers that agree with their religions or ideologies would be left.

There are a multitude of countries out there with pi$$ poor education systems with not a unionized teacher in site.

And if things are so bad that state governors have to attack Miss Othmar or Miss Crabapple to save their bottom lines (and their political behinds) then they’re so far down the tubes anyway it won’t make any difference anyway.

Hell, maybe we should just have Wal-Mart or Disney, Inc. run our schools. Maybe you could get coupons so your kids could get A’s or something…

Dr. ZhivBlago on January 14, 2011 at 5:29 PM

Why? I don’t have that protection. Why should teachers get special protection?

They shouldn’t. However, it isn’t hard for a principal to get rid of unwanted teachers (unless they are well-connected in the community);just give them the worst kids to teach.

oakland on January 14, 2011 at 5:37 PM

Well I least I’m supportive of a fighter unlike your gutless wonder Romney!

CCRWM on January 14, 2011 at 4:45 PM

LOL. Please, I’ll take someone who actually didn’t quit their job as governor over someone who did any day.

Quitting is a very gutless thing to do.

Conservative Samizdat on January 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

I think Christie is doing a job only dreamers could appreciate and my hat is off to him but what I find difficult is why is there only one man like Christie and ONE man like sheriff Joe. Am I missing something here? Two men among thousands of phonies?

mixplix on January 14, 2011 at 7:06 PM

I am in support of what Chris Christie wants to do here.
Yes he is a bit of an a-hole, so is life. As long as he sticks it to the people who are bankrupting his state I am fine with it.

His snide remarks or behavior barely compare with being called a murderer. The full press character assassination crew will come for him one day and he may find himself without support, I hope he can take it.

Africanus on January 14, 2011 at 7:16 PM

But how do you measure teacher effectiveness? Student performance on state tests? That system has already crippled education and stifled innovation. And what about teachers in poor districts? Test performance is inextricably linked with poverty. A kid who doesn’t know where his next meal is coming from isn’t much motivated to study.

skydaddy on January 14, 2011 at 7:19 PM

I know the arguments for professors having a tenure system (I’m not sure I agree with them, but at least I understand them – they’re based on the independent scholarship that professors do), but I cannot fathom the rationale for school teachers to get tenure. They don’t produce new knowledge or do research. There’s no basis for it.

Y-not on January 14, 2011 at 2:59 PM

It’s due to the simplistic, childish, and selfish liberal mindset.

Professor is a teacher. Grade school teacher is a teacher. Professor gets tenure. Grade school teacher gets tenure.

scotash on January 14, 2011 at 7:34 PM

The teachers union rep claims that teachers earn this lifetime protection with the first three years of their performance, but that’s ridiculous.

Yes. Lifetime protection is ridiculous.

Five-year contracts are more than sufficient to protect teachers while giving their employers a chance to evaluate whether continued employment is warranted.

A one-year contract is more than sufficient.

If the union insists, a offer a five-year contract with four option years.

rukiddingme on January 14, 2011 at 8:33 PM

Are you saying he’s not competent enough to handle more than one thing at a time?

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:53 PM

He learned from Arnold’s mistake that you isolate just one of them.

John the Libertarian on January 14, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Quitting is a very gutless thing to do.

Conservative Samizdat on January 14, 2011 at 7:01 PM

So is being a woman, right?

John the Libertarian on January 14, 2011 at 9:27 PM

“Tenure” doesn’t guarantee continued employment with a BOE. It simply means that due process must be employed to terminate a teacher. Tenure won’t stop an incompetent teacher from being non-renewed, as there are mechanisms that allow for termination due to failing to perform the job in a satisfactory manner (i.e, incompetence, inappropriate activities with students, certain legal infractions, etc.). Any principal who can’t get rid of an incompetent teacher isn’t worth his salt, and didn’t do his homework.

Prior to the receipt of tenure (usually upon having been offered the fourth yearly contract), a teacher can be terminated for no given reason. This is plenty of time to establish competence, or lack thereof. Very few teachers go from competent to incompetent after that trial period.

oakland on January 14, 2011 at 9:43 PM

Question: If you want to affect change in the system at an executive level in the government, do you follow what Christie is doing or what Palin is doing?

Good Lt on January 14, 2011 at 1:34 PM

Seems there are a few people reading into things in other’s comments.

My comment never mentioned Palin. Your obsession with her is unnerving.

My comment was in regards to how Christie seems to only focus on a single issue when it comes to how public sector unions are destroying budgets. Yes, education is important. But what about the other public sector unions that need to be brought down?

His singular focus on the teacher’s union is coming across to me as some type of personal grudge.

To answer your question about Palin (which I shouldn’t since you’re a twit who sees everything with Palin glasses on) I support what BOTH of them are doing. They are each doing something I agree with.

Christie needs to expand his union busting ways.

Is it really that difficult of a concept to think anyone can make a post without the word Palin in it and it not have anything to do with Palin?

I’m starting to think the anti-Palinistas are worse than the Palinistas when it comes to reading into things.

ButterflyDragon on January 14, 2011 at 1:44 PM

Christie is becoming a one trick pony. enough with the teachers unions… What else are you going to do???

Dan Pet on January 15, 2011 at 1:04 AM

Look at what this man has accomplished while he has been in office. A State so in debt and crying there is no way out of this mess. Talk about inheriting a big problem that excuse politicians to take corrective action this man is a gift. The problems are starting to leak out from under the rug so to speak and he is addressing the problems. I guess I would also scream if I was caught with my hand in the cookie jar. The truth hurts but when the truth effects you it’s a different story.I wish we here in New York State had him as Governor.

mixplix on January 15, 2011 at 6:07 AM

I simply predict he better deliver, or he’s going to be a big ole’ joke on the Rino movement.

AnninCA on January 15, 2011 at 11:41 AM

He’s the guy whom the regular GOP should worry about. He’s presenting himself as “Anti-Palin.”

OK.

But then, what will he really deliver?

I suspect that he’s actually far less sophisticated about politics than Palin, for sure.

He’s the guy. I think a lot of people are mistaking this for meaning he “gets it.”

And I also suspect that most of with a smidge of actual marriage experience know better.

No, this guy isn’t remotely sophisticated.

But, that aside, I can’t wait to see what he actually accomplishes in NJ.

And then, we’ll talk.

AnninCA on January 15, 2011 at 11:45 AM

Maybe… take second look at Christie.

Akzed on January 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM

The best solution would be (get rid of the public service unions). They should have never been allowed in the first place.

duff65 on January 15, 2011 at 4:08 PM

I will never defend keeping bad teachers and in general I like what the Gov. of Jersey is doing….but let me just state that I now teach in a state that has no teacher union, no tenure, merit pay, and seniority is not allowed to be used in hiring decisions for the next school year. And despite all of these so called “reforms” we are last or second to last in education, we can have almost 50 kids in a room, and I work with some of the worst eductators (nice people but aweful teachers) I have ever met in 16 years of teaching. I am not saying tenure is a great system or even the answer, but when you get rid of the union, tenure, etc….these schools end up hiring on the cheap. They bring in new people who do not know how to teach, they do a terrible job, they last a year or two and you start the process over again. For all the problems associated with UFT or AFT, they do a lot to keep class sizes small and professionals in the education system. Again, I am not defending bad teachers, the late Al Shanker never did either, it is what is best for the kids that should be the focus. I would again just like to point out merit pay is a joke because how do you measure success? A test, what will schools and admin, and teachers do since pay is based on a test: just teach to a test. How do you make sure every kid passes the test: dumb it down? Merit pay is a joke, and getting rid of tenure will just make it easier for districts to hire new people that can’t teach and the kids suffer.

arizonateacher on January 15, 2011 at 4:35 PM

I urge everyone to read Diane Ravitch, no liberal by any stretch of the imagination, and her study of merit pay, data, charter schools etc……the title of the book is “the death of american education” or something like that. Better teach your kids Chinese or Hindi to speak to their new bosses as our education system blames teachers and over modifies to the point where our kids will never be able to compete with kids from India, China, or the Middle East. For data, merit, Race to the top, NCLB kids need to score high on a test, the only way to make sure they do is to make the test dumb and to modify. Ni Hao….

arizonateacher on January 15, 2011 at 4:39 PM

I fail to see how tenure will solve NJ’s problems. But heck, what do I know?

I’ll be watching to see if this just isn’t much ado about nothing, though.

I think the national attention is pushing him beyond his real limits.

This new media is really doing that to a lot of people.

AnninCA on January 15, 2011 at 8:19 PM

Apparently all the Christie supporters are happy with bluster and talk. Why not wait and see if he actually accomplishes something for all his shouting? If his fiscal positions are all you need to annoint him primo-Conservative – good for you. Personally they’re not for me.

Christie winning over Corzine was not that impressive – people would have voted for almost anyoneINO of JC.

katiejane on January 17, 2011 at 10:05 AM

I wish someone would address the nepotism and other political tainted appointments that occur in every school district. THAT is where many unqualified teachers and other staff members are coming from.

centre on January 17, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Judges should be elected, and not appointed for life as well.

Let the people who are under their thumb, decide how they’re doing. Ninth Circuit anyone?

docjohn52 on January 17, 2011 at 11:39 AM

While fighting tenure after only 3 years is a worthy effort, there are some bad deeds by this man, like his

“Nomination of Sohail Mohammed, an attorney to detained terrorist suspects, to a Superior Court judgeship in Passaic County. The Sohail nomination continues Christie’s unfortunate pandering to the American Muslim Union and the Islamic Center of Passaic County. ”

See Governor Christie’s Dirty Islamist Ties

Chessplayer on January 17, 2011 at 5:00 PM

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