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NJ Lawmakers Strike Deal on Teacher-Tenure

A New Jersey Assemblyman says a deal is in place to resolve differences between two versions of a bill to make teacher tenure harder to earn tenure and easier to lose.

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Assembly Education Committee Chairman Pat Diegnan said Thursday that he’d reached a compromise with his Senate counterpart on some details of the bill.

He said the Assembly Budget Committee would consider the plan on Friday and both chambers could vote on Tuesday.

Currently, teachers can be granted tenure after three years on the job. The bill would make it four years — and require them to get high marks on job evaluations first.

The Senate unanimously passed a version of the bill Thursday before the changes.

Gov. Chris Christie has championed the cause of overhauling teacher-tenure requirements.

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

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