NJCCVTS Statement on Senate Bill 1455 (Tenure Reform)

June 20th, 2012

The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools released the following statement at the New Jersey Senate Budget Committee hearing on S1455 on June 18, 2012.

Statement on Senate Bill 1455

Presented by Judy Savage, Executive Director

Quality instruction is fundamental to student success in both the academic classroom and the career technical setting. The New Jersey Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools shares the goal of ensuring that New Jersey law supports quality teaching through a fair system for educator evaluation and mechanisms to improve or remove the limited number of consistently poor performers.  The enactment of legislation to achieve these goals will be a major step forward for New Jersey.  We thank Senator Ruiz for her leadership in bringing tenure reform to the forefront and her hard work and persistence over many months in developing a consensus around the key issues.

New Jersey’s county vocational-technical school leaders support Senate Bill 1455 because it creates a clear connection between an enhanced evaluation structure and earning tenure.  It provides a clear process for removing poor performers who do not improve over multiple years.  We are hopeful that the proposed arbitration process will achieve the goal of reducing the time and cost of adjudicating contested cases.  While proposed timelines for implementing a new evaluation system are challenging, we hope they will be achievable.

The Council of County Vocational-Technical Schools has supported the core elements of S 1455 from the outset, and we appreciate the sponsor’s effort to rework some mechanisms in the bill to address the concerns of vocational schools and other small and mid-sized districts.

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