Senate Republican Proposes More Changes To Teacher Tenure

state Sen. Joe Kyrillos

State Sen. Joe Kyrillos

TRENTON – Republican state Sen. Joe Kyrillos, who introduced the original tenure reform legislation signed Monday by Gov. Chris Christie, today proposed a new bill to make additional changes to teacher tenure in New Jersey.

Kyrillos’ new tenure overhaul bill:

  • Eliminates last-in, first-out (LIFO) seniority protections that force schools to ignore educator effectiveness and layoff high-performing younger teachers, instead of more expensive, ineffective ones;
  • Requires school districts to adopt merit-based compensation schedules, whereby public school employees are paid and retained based on their performances, contributions and growth;
  • Allows school principals to assign teachers to classrooms where they will be effective;
  • Alleviates tenure-law obstacles for school districts seeking to become more efficient by consolidating or merging services.

“These reforms allow public school districts to run most efficiently and ensure the best teachers, administrators and staff members are educating and nurturing our students,” Kyrillos said. “I look forward to working with the support of the governor and colleagues from across the aisle, who just this week showed they can put the public’s needs ahead of politics.”

Kyrillos will submit this measure for introduction at the next Senate quorum.

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1 comment for “Senate Republican Proposes More Changes To Teacher Tenure

  1. billslycat
    August 9, 2012 at 2:07 pm

    Kyrillos abandoned his District 13 constituents by not even making a comment to support Union Beach in its fight to prevent a 38-story noisy industrial wind turbine with baldes each the size of a cell tower from being erected way too close to a lot of homes. Hazlet, Matawan, Holmdel, Keyport and Monmouth County (all within his distrcit) also passed resolutions opposing the turbine. But still Kyrillos refused to weigh in, even after he granted a meeting to a few locals looking for his help. Recently, he was the only Republican sponsor on a bill that would have allowed wind turbines up to 500′ tall on preserved farm land in two southern NJ counties. Kyrillos is not what he claims. He’s a wheeling-and-dealing back door politician with no loyalty to the people he’s supposed to represent. I’m a Republican, and will gladly vote for a write-in candidate or Menendez as Kyrillos is deliberatly throwing his Union Beach area constiuents under the bus.

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