Minister calls for teacher tenure outlaw

March 25, 2009 9:19:20 AM PDT
The head of New Jersey's Black Ministers Council says lifetime tenure for teachers hurts public education and should be abolished.

The Rev. Reginald Jackson says teachers should be tenured for no longer than five years before being reevaluated.

He says tenured teachers have no incentive to do their best.

Jackson and other black and Latino clergy were at the Statehouse Wednesday to push for public school reforms.

They say high school graduation standards have been lowered to artificially inflate New Jersey's percentage of graduates.

The group says parents are not notified when their children graduate by passing an easier test, nor are they told the high school proficiency test is really an 8th grade assessment.

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