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Christie Hasn’t Decided on Signing Teacher-Tenure Law

Every member of the Legislature agreed to pass a bill overhauling teacher tenure in New Jersey, but Gov. Chris Christie says he hasn’t decided whether to sign it.

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Speaking Tuesday at a town hall meeting in Brick, Christie said he still has to review the bill. It would make tenure harder to get and easier to lose.

The governor says he’s concerned that the bill still uses seniority only to decide which educators would lose their jobs in the case of layoffs. He says the best teachers should keep their jobs, not just the most experienced ones.

Many education reform groups have supported the bill, even though they also would like to see the last-in, first-out policy rescinded.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)

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