TRENTON - Both legislative chambers unanimously approved a plan Monday to overhaul the teacher-tenure system in public schools, delivering a bill that addresses one of Gov. Christie's top priorities.
But the measure lacks an element that the Republican governor wanted: an end to the "last in, first out" seniority rule that makes newer educators the first casualties during layoffs.
Christie spokesman Michael Drewniak said the governor would directly address the tenure issue, possibly this week. The governor has been supportive of efforts by Sen. Teresa Ruiz (D., Essex) to craft a bill acceptable to a wide range of interested parties that would "bring about meaningful tenure reform," Drewniak said.