Teacher tenure law signed
Gov. Chris Christie speaks Monday after signing the Teacher Effectiveness and Accountability for the Children of New Jersey Act at Von E. Mauger Middle School in Middlesex.
- Tenure law provisions
Tenure law provisions The new tenure law, S1455, makes changes in how teachers and principals earn and keep tenure in New Jersey public schools. Among the provisions are:
* Tenure for new employees is earned after four years employment in a school district, rather than three.
* New teachers spend their first year in a mentorship program with an experienced and effective teacher.
* A school district will annually submit to the education commissioner the evaluation plan it will use.
* Test scores alone will not be a predominant factor in a teacher’s evaluation, but one of several factors.
* Any teacher or administrator who receives two “ineffective” ratings, which is the lowest of four tiers, on two consecutive annual evaluations will face tenure charges.
* Any teacher or administrator who receives a “partially effective” rating followed by an “ineffective” rating on two consecutive annual evaluations will face tenure charges.
* Binding arbitration is required for contested tenure cases. This process will be run by the state Department of Education.
* The hearing before the arbitrator must be held within 45 days of the case being assigned.
Posted: Tuesday, August 7, 2012 1:15 am
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