Governor Goes To Court On School Funding Arguing for Elimination of Seniority

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The Christie administration asked the New Jersey Supreme Court late last week to allow the State to cancel educator contracts, saying unconstitutional tenure mandates have impeded the ability of schools in poor districts to offer students a “thorough and efficient” education.

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The state Attorney General’s Office, at Gov. Chris Christie’s direction, filed documents requesting the court reopen the landmark Abbott v. Burke case.  The Administration is asking the Court to give it far reaching power in the 28 SDA districts that receive higher levels of state aid.

But, the Attorney General’s motion before New Jersey’s highest court also includes a major change to the TeachNJ Act for good measure – elimination of seniority, under the auspices that it is a core impediment to urban schools’ improvement.