Ed Commish Chris Cerf on Gov. Christie’s comment to the Editorial Board of The Record that he’ll compromise with the New Jersey Education Association as long as there’s agreement on the need to measure teacher effectiveness. In the context of other state teacher unions, said Cerf,
The NJEA is, I’m sorry to say, an outlier. They are trapped in another time. They have missed a great turn in the current of history here. In the last five or six years, there has been a really robust debate that many progressive unions have been a part of.
In response, NJEA Spokesman Steve Wollmer told The Record, “If the governor is reaching out across West State Street, we’ll be there to reach across… but he can’t reach across and precondition the conversation…It’s not ‘you listen while I talk.’”