Christie Signs Tenure Reform Bill

Governor Chris Christie signs the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey (TEACHN) Act at Von E. Mauger Middle School in Middlesex, N.J. on Monday, Aug. 6, 2012. (Governor's Office/Tim Larsen)

TRENTON – Gov. Chris Christie signed a bipartisan tenure reform bill today, updating the oldest tenure law in the nation. The new legislation offers tools to identify effective and ineffective teachers, strengthen the supports available to help all teachers improve their craft, and, for the first time, tie the acquisition, maintenance, and loss of tenure to a teacher’s effectiveness in the classroom.

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