Christie proposes 5-year reviews for teachers

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures Thursday, Jan. 6, 2011, in Trenton, N.J., as he lays out his plan to fund state road and bridge projects for the next five years. The plan calls for spending $1.6 billion a year, the same amount that is currently spent. The fund was due to run out of money in June. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

January 14, 2011 11:02:55 AM PST
Chris Christie says he wants to see system where teachers are subject to performance reviews every five years.

At a town hall in Paramus on Thursday, he suggested hiring teachers on five-year contracts, allowing schools to review teachers before deciding whether to renew the contracts.

Earlier this week, the Republican called for an end to teacher tenure.

He says teachers should be given enough time to learn their craft but that the current process makes it too difficult to fire bad educators.

The idea of five-year contracts is just that; his office has not made an official proposal yet.

He has also yet to provide specific details on how he will get rid of teacher tenure - something the teacher's union has vowed to fight.


Information from: The Star-Ledger