NJ lawmaker proposes changes to teacher contracts

April 21, 2008 5:47:12 PM PDT
A top legislator is proposing countywide teacher contracts to try to cut property taxes. Assembly Speaker Joseph Roberts Jr. says the move would save money on negotiations.

The state's 616 school districts now negotiate their own contracts with teachers.

Roberts said Monday that he'd like to see countywide pacts by the 2011 school year.

New Jersey has the nation's highest property taxes, and more than half of that money is used to pay for public schools.