NJEA responds to Christie’s “State of the State” address

Published on Tuesday, January 17, 2012

NJEA President Barbara Keshishian had a straightforward response to Gov. Chris Christie’s State of the State address, in which he urged legislators to support his proposals on tenure, seniority, compensation, and private school vouchers.

“Governor Christie needs to sit down with legislators, NJEA, and all other public education stakeholders to discuss research-based reforms that will keep the best teachers in our classrooms, and help our students succeed,” Keshishian said.  “NJEA spent several months developing reform legislation that is solidly rooted in reliable research, and our proposals have gained the attention and interest of legislative leaders,” she said.

“Today, the governor cited a single research study on teacher evaluation, which has already been questioned by experts in the field.  We would invite him and all others interested in serious reform to examine the voluminous research to the contrary,” Keshishian noted. 

“It’s time to abandon bumpersticker and sound-bite solutions to the complex issues facing public education and to bring everyone together to support proven reforms.  NJEA is committed to doing the hard work to improve struggling public schools, and we invite the governor to join us in the effort to bring about real, lasting, and meaningful reform.”

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