Ruiz on Tenure

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This just in from state Senator Teresa Ruiz:

“Tenure reform will boost respect for the profession,” Ruiz said.

“It will turn teaching into something that’s evaluated and tenure into something that’s honorable, not a job protection defined by time.”

It’s nice to know that the author of a bill that will shape the course of teaching and learning in New Jersey doesn’t understand that tenure is a fair dismissal due process right, not a job protection defined by time. It’s also nice to know that she doesn’t realize that teachers are evaluated (or should be) by their principals or supervisors over the course of the academic year.

Evaluating teachers using student test scores will not lead to teachers gaining more respect. It will lead to teaching to the test and a curriculum that is narrowly focused on that test.

I’m looking forward to the hearings on June 14.

Comments (7)

  1. brendanod

    for the northern Jersey Christiecrat delegation.

    I consider her an enemy of progressivism.

    I won’t be surprised if she campaigns for Christie in the next election.

  2. deciminyan

    According to the on line legislative calendar, Senator Ruiz’s committee is not scheduled to meet Jne 14.  

  3. A New Jersey Farmer (Post author)

    My mistake. The Diegnan bill, which is a little more palatable, will be heard on June 14.

  4. Jersey Jazzman

    Once again, you nailed it. Well done.

  5. Hopeful

    whose campaign was involved in voter fraud? Quite a standard bearer for “honor” and “evaluation.”  

  6. Got Kids

    My hope is that Sen. Ruiz, or Sen. Gordon, Sen. Weinberg, Asm. Johnson, Asm. Ron Rice, JR., et. al., or any of the NJ legislators who peruse this site will see that their attempts to placate your demands have met with nothing but scorn.

    That their clear genuflection (such as the ability to loose tenure but maintain employment) has brought them nothing but public humiliation.  Maybe then they can take a clear eyed approach to this subject and make some of the changes discussed here ad nauseam.


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