NJEA Boss Testifies in Support of Legislation to Change Teacher Tenure

June 18, 2012

TRENTON — Barbara Keshishian, president of New Jersey's largest teachers' union, the New Jersey Education Association, testified today in support of legislation that would change tenure.

The bill links tenure retention to teaching performance, and would require four years for teachers to earn tenure, rather than three. It does not affect the practice of "last in, first out," however, under which seniority rights are a factor when districts need to reduce staff.

Sen. Teresa Ruiz, the bill's sponsor, said "compromise" went into the bill.

The bill is being heard by the Senate Budget and Appropriations Committee.

Sen. Paul Sarlo, committee chairman, said he believes "this bill does have a lot of support."