400 North Capitol Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001
- Toll Free 1.888.564.6273
- Local 202.783.3870
New Jersey State Senator Joe Kyrillos (R- Monmouth) has introduced “The School Children First Act,” (S-2881) which intends to reform teacher pay and tenure in the Garden State. The bill is another attempt by the New Jersey Legislature to overhaul a public education system that for years has been hijacked by the leadership of the New Jersey Education Association. Currently teachers in New Jersey are given tenure after three years and a day of teaching, after which it becomes almost impossible to fire bad teachers. In addition, New Jersey Public school teachers are consistently granted benefits and pay increases based on seniority with little regard for effectiveness and student achievement.
These are the key education changes in the Kyrillos bill:
The changes proposed in this bill will help weed out poor teachers, energize mediocre teachers and reward great teachers for their consistent hard work. The bill effectively eliminates salary guides based on the amount of years you have been a teacher and institutes a merit system. All students deserve the best teachers possible, whether that teacher has been in education for a year or 20. Compensation in schools should be granted based on skill not age just like any other job. This is merely the beginning of education reform in New Jersey, but a good first step in putting students before NJEA executives.