Critics Say Education Reform Bill Signed by Gov. Christie Doesn't Fix State's Biggest Issues

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Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Everyone in Trenton agrees: The state’s brand-new law overhauling teacher tenure is one for the history books.

Gov. Chris Christie says it brings landmark reform to a century-old system that protects mediocre teachers. For Senate President Stephen Sweeney (D-Gloucester), it’s "one of the most significant pieces of legislation this Legislature has acted upon."

Even Christie’s arch-enemies at the New Jersey Education Association like the new policy, which subjects teachers and principals to yearly evaluations that will make it tougher to gain job security and easier to lose it.

But just as the measure enjoyed near-universal support when Christie signed it earlier this month, there is also a consensus among leading Democrats and Republicans that it doesn’t go far enough for inner-city schools.

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