The Record Editorial Board praises NJEA and Gov. Christie’s willingness to “touch that third rail of politics” and agree to sensible reforms to teacher tenure because “tenure laws can protect adults at the expense of children. No business can operate efficiently that way, and a public school district is no different.” The editorial continues,
Nonetheless, let’s not forget about the seniority issue. Seniority protects veteran teachers whose experience and breadth of knowledge make them important assets to their school. But it also can mean the dismissal of younger teachers with loads of motivation and ambition. If there must be layoffs, we think school districts should not be limited in determining which staff members to cut.