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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