Monmouth County senator calls for more N.J. tenure reform
Original article in the New Jersey Star-Ledger by Jessica Calefati.
TRENTON - Days after Gov. Chris Christie signed legislation overhauling the state's teacher tenure laws, a state senator from Monmouth County has proposed a bill that would further remake the job protection.
State Sen. Joseph Kyrillos (R-Monmouth) wants to end a practice known as last-in, first-out, which prevents veteran teachers from being laid off before their more junior colleagues when districts are faced with budget cuts. Kyrillos' bill would also allow teachers to earn merit pay and give principals greater autonomy to make staffing decisions.
"By coming together to achieve landmark tenure reforms, this legislature proved to New Jerseyans that it can indeed put students at the forefront," said Kyrillos, who is campaigning to join the United States Senate. "My new bill accomplishes full tenure overhaul, which is our best effort to both improve public education and lower property taxes."
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