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NJEA Unveils New Reform Legislation

New laws would attempt to decrease class size, foster parental involvement, and overhaul tenure and teacher evaluation systems.

The New Jersey Education Association (NJEA) will soon begin working with legislators to pass comprehensive, research-based reform with its new education reform agenda.

The NJEA president Barbara Keshishian wants an overhaul of the state’s tenure and evaluation systems for teachers. The NJEA is also proposing a series of education reforms designed to improve student performance.

Keshishian wants a system that identifies “teachers who are succeeding and those who are struggling." And, according to NJEA’s proposed new fair dismissal tenure plan, it will be easier to remove struggling teachers.

“But we also know that teachers are not the only factor in student success,” Keshishian said in a statement. “That is why our plan contains other proven reforms, including wider access to preschoolfull-day kindergarten for all students and smaller class sizes in the early grades.  We also call for legislation to help increase parental involvement.”

The NJEA is planning on meeting with legislators who support public education in an attempt to pass bills to enact the reforms.

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