New Jersey State Senator Diane Allen (R- Burlington), a member of the Senate Education Committee, issued this statement following the release of Governor Christie's tenure reform proposals:
"I sincerely believe that reforms to teacher tenure must be made, and that those changes must protect our schools from undue political influence, use multiple measures of teacher performance, reward excellence in the classroom, and make it easier to get poorly performing teachers out of the profession. Everyone is in agreement that the system must be changed, even the NJEA. I welcome the Governor's proposal as part of a long-running dialogue in which we have held hearings and entertained good ideas from teachers, administrators, parents, union officials, and others. I look forward to reviewing his proposals and working with both the Administration and my colleagues to pass reforms that are fair and effective."