Christie predicts passage for school voucher bill

New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie gestures Wednesday, Oct. 27, 2010, in Trenton, N.J., as he announces that he's standing by his decision to kill the nation's biggest public works project, a train tunnel connecting New Jersey to New York City. Christie, a rising star in the Republican Party for his fearless budget-slashing, has argued that his cash-strapped state can't afford to pay for any overruns on the $9 billion-plus rail tunnel under the Hudson River. The state is on the hook for $2.7 billion plus overruns. (AP Photo/Mel Evans)

March 5, 2012 7:05:08 AM PST
New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie says he expects to see a pilot school voucher program be passed by the Legislature this year despite objections from the teachers' union.

The governor has been advocating for vouchers that would allow children in failing schools to attend classes outside their district. Opponents say vouchers would drain money from the poorest schools.

Christie joined education experts on a special edition of MSNBC's "Morning Joe" focusing on student achievements.

Friday's show is being broadcast from Fort Lee High School.

The show is featuring conversations about the policies and reforms that will help improve public schools.

Christie has also proposed abolishing lifetime teacher tenure and basing teacher evaluations partly on student improvement.

Christie has been unable to get his education changes through the Democratic-controlled state Legislature.