Christie sends education proposals to Legislature

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April 13, 2011 10:32:47 AM PDT
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie is sending proposals to the Legislature that would change teacher tenure and evaluations and introduce merit pay.

Christie announced seven bills on Wednesday. They include basing teacher evaluations equally on student performance and peer reviews and granting tenure after three years of effective evaluations. Teachers would lose tenure protections for ineffective ratings.

The Republican says 104,000 public school students in 200 chronically failing schools deserve a new approach to education.

Christie has been talking about education reform for months. Most of his proposals will require approval from the Democratic-controlled Legislature.

No word yet which legislators will sponsor the bills or on whether they'll be put up for hearings.